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Kansas Anti-Bullying Law

What to do if being bullied?

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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 Kansas "Bullying" is defined as the intentional gesture, written, verbal, electronic or physical act or threat that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student or staff member that has the effect of:

  1. Harming a student or staff member, whether physically or mentally;
  2. Damaging a student's or staff member's property;
  3. Placing a student or staff member in reasonable fear of harm to the student or staff member; or
  4. Placing a student or staff member in reasonable fear of damage to the student's or staff member's property;

"Cyberbullying" is defined as bullying by use of any electronic communication device through means including, but not limited to, e-mail, instant messaging, text messages, blogs, mobile phones, pagers, online games and websites.

 

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

 

Summary2

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

 

School's reponsibility for OFF campus bullying

 In the state of Kansas, there is no official policy for OFF-CAMPUS incidents, however, schools must adopt a policy to prohibit bullying on school property. 

News about Bullying in Kansas

 

 

Resources

1Horowitz, M. & Bollinger, D.M. (2014). Cyberbullying in social media within educational institutions. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield; http://www.kslegislature.org/li_2012/b2011_12/statute/072_000_0000_chapter/072_082_0000_article/072_082_0056_section/072_082_0056_k/

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