Hawaii Anti-Bullying Law
If you are being bullied on school grounds, according to state law, you may contact the followng authoraties:
- School Principal, teacher, and/or counselor.
- School Superintendent.
If you are being cyber-bullied you may report the harassment to the following people,
- Website, application, server administrator.
In the state of Hawaii “Bullying” is defined as the, verbal, graphic, or physical act by a student or group of students toward other student(s) in which may cause:
- Mental or physical harm to the other student(s);
- An intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student(s).
“Cyberbullying” is defined as electronically transmitted acts, i.e., Internet, cell phone, personal digital assistance (PDA), or wireless hand-held device that a student uses to traget another student(s) or faculty member and is intended to do the same as listed above;
|Include electronic harassment||Yes|
|Require School Policy||Yes|
|Include off campus behaviors?||No|
- State has a law pertaining to bullying
- The term cyberbullying is specifically included
- The law does include electronic harassment
- The law is PORPOSING criminal sanctions
- The law does have a school policy on bullying
- State does NOT follow federal law for off-campus bullying behavior
There is no official policy for OFF-CAMPUS incidents in the state of Hawaii, however
School may enforce policy if either physical or electronic bullying occurs:
- On campus, other DOE premises, DOE transportation, sponsored activities or events on or off school property;
- Through a DOE data system without DOE authorized communication;
- Through an off campus computer network (BUT ONLY IF THE COMMITTED OFFENSE IS: sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student or school personnel, or both)
1Horowitz, M. & Bollinger, D.M. (2014). Cyberbullying in social media within educational institutions. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield