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Georgia Anti-Bullying Law

What to do if being bullied?

Are you being cyberbullied?

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What to do if you or a friend are being bullied?

If you are being bullied on school grounds, according to state law, you may contact the followng authoraties:

  1. School Principal, teacher, and/or counselor.
  2. School Superintendent.
  3. Parents

If you are being cyber-bullied you may report the harassment to the following people,

  1. Website, application, server administrator.
  2. Parents

 

Is it bullying?1

In the state of Georgia "bullying" is define as an act that causes:

  1. The expresasble attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person;
  2. The victim to feel reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm;
  3. A Student to feel threatened, harassed, or intimidated
  4. Another person substantial physical harm;
  5. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education;
  6. Severe, persistent, pervasive, intimidating, or threatening educational environment;
  7. Substantial disruption to the orderly operation of the school.


And this may occur on:

  1. School property, vehicles, bus stops, and school related functions or activities; 

Or by use of data or software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of a local school system.

 

State Georgia
Bullying Law Yes
Include "cyberbullying" Proposed 
Include electronic harassment Yes 
Criminal Sanction No 
School sanction Yes 
Require School Policy Yes 
Include off campus behaviors? Proposed 

 

Summary2

  • State has a law pertaining to bullying
  • The term cyberbullying is being PROPOSED
  • The law does include electronic harassment
  • The law does NOT provide for criminal sanctions
  • The law does have a school policy on bullying
  • State is PROPOSING federal law for off-campus bullying behavior

 

School's reponsibility for OFF campus bullying

School may enforce policies if bullying occurs on:

  1. School grounds, transport, bus stops, and activity events

Each student code of conduct must contain provisions that address any OFF-CAMPUS behavior of a student that could result in a student being criminally charged with a felony and might make the continued presence of the student a danger to others. 

News about Bullying in Georgia

 

 

Resources

1Horowitz, M. & Bollinger, D.M. (2014). Cyberbullying in social media within educational institutions. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield

2http://cyberbullying.org/Bullying-and-Cyberbullying-Laws.pdf

3http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-20/chapter-2/article-16/part-2/subpart-2/20-2-751-4