Bully Center Cyberbullying Support

Kentucky Anti-Bullying Law

What to do if being bullied?

Are you being cyberbullied?

School responsiblity


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 Kentucky "Bullying" is defined as harassment with intent to intimidate, harass, annoy, or alarm another person, he or she:

  1. Strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise subjects him to physical contact;
  2. Attempts or threatens to strike, shove, kick, or otherwise subject the person to physical contact;
  3. In a public place, makes an offensively coarse utterance, gesture, or display, or addresses abusive language to any person present;
  4. Follows a person in or about a public place or places;
  5. Engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which alarm or seriously annoy such other person and which serve no legitimate purpose; or


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



  • State has a law pertaining to bullying
  • The term cyberbullying is being PROPOSED
  • The law does include electronic harassment
  • The law does 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 Kentucky there is no offcial policy for OFF-CAMPUS bullying however, the school may enforce local policies if:

Being enrolled as a student in a local school district, and while on school
premises, on school-sponsored transportation, or at a school-sponsored event:

  1. Damages or commits a theft of the property of another student;
  2. Substantially disrupts the operation of the school; or
  3. Creates a hostile environment by means of any gestures, written
    communications, oral statements, or physical acts that a reasonable
    person under the circumstances should know would cause another
    student to suffer fear of physical harm, intimidation, humiliation, or

News about Bullying in Kentucky




1Horowitz, M. & Bollinger, D.M. (2014). Cyberbullying in social media within educational institutions. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield; http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Statutes/statute.aspx?id=19926