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Pennsylvania Anti-Bullying Law

What to do if being bullied?

Are you being cyberbullied?

School responsiblity

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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:

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

 

Is it bullying?1

A person commits the crime of harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another, the person:

  1. strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects the other person to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same;
  2. follows the other person in or about a public place or places;
  3. engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose;
  4. communicates to or about such other person any lewd, lascivious, threatening or obscene words, language, drawings or caricatures;
  5. communicates repeatedly in an anonymous manner;
  6. communicates repeatedly at extremely inconvenient hours. 

(Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute 18 §2709. Harassment)

 

State Pennsylvania
Bullying Law Yes
Include "cyberbullying" No
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 provide for criminal sanctions
  • The law does have a school policy on bullying
  • State does follow federal law for off-campus bullying behavior

 

School's reponsibility for OFF campus bullying

In their required policy, a school entity is not prohibited from defining bullying in such a way as to encompass acts that occur outside a school setting if those acts meet the following requirements:

  1. Are directed at another student or students;
  2. Are severe, presistant, or pervasive;
  3. Have the effect of doing any of the following:
    1. Substantially interferring with a student's education;
    2. Creating a threatening environment;
    3. Substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school

School seeting means in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop, or at any activity sponsered, supervised, or sanctioned by the school.

News about Bullying in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania makes cyberbullying of a child a third-degree misdemeanor

Pennsylvania teen commits suicide due to cyberbullying

 

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://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=18&div=0&chpt=27&sctn=9&subsctn=0