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State Laws Related to Bullying Among Children and Youth (page 2)

— Stop Bullying Now! U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HRSA
Updated on Sep 29, 2010

Model policies

Recognizing the challenge that schools may face in developing anti-bullying policies, several states have issued model policies or published technical advisories that guide educators in the interpretation and implementation of laws (e.g., Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Washington).

Conclusions
  • Enacting sensitive laws and polices that address bullying in U.S. schools can encourage and support effective bullying prevention and intervention programs in schools.
  • Careful evaluations of the implementation of these laws are needed to help guide policy makers.

Current state laws on bullying

State Citation
California Cal. Ed Code § 35294.2 (2001)   
Colorado Colo. Public Act No. 02-119 (2002)
Connecticut Ct. Public Act No. 02-119 (2002) 
Georgia Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-751.4 (2001) 
Illinois ILCS § 105 5/10-20.14 
Louisiana La. R.S. 17 § 416.13 (2001)
New Hampshire N.H. RSA 193-F (2000)
New Jersey N.J.S.A. 18A:37-13-18 (2002) 
New York NY CLS Educ § 2801-a (2002) 
Oklahoma Ok Stat. 70 § 24-100.2 (2002)
Oregon Ore. Laws 617 (2001)
Rhode Island R.I. Gen, Laws § 16-21-24 (2001)
Vermont V.S.A. 16 § 565 (2001) 
Washington RCW 28A.300.285 (2002) 
West Virginia W.Va. Code Ann. § 18-2C-1 (2001)

References

Limber, S. P., & Small, M. A. (in press). State laws and policies to address bullying in U.S. schools. School Psychology Review.

Nansel, T. R., Overpeck, M., Pilla, R. S., Ruan, J., Simons-Morton, B., & Scheidt, P. (2001). Bullying Behaviors Among US Youth: Prevalence and Association With Psychosocial Adjustment. Journal of the American Medical Association, 285, 2094-2100.

New Jersey Department of Education. (2002). Model policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying on school property, at schoolsponsored functions, and on school busses (on-line). Retrieved August 12, 2005, from www.nj.gov/njded/parents/bully.htm

Vossekuil, B., Fein, R. A., Reddy, M., Borum, R., & Modzeleski, W. (2002). The final report and findings of the Safe Schools Initiative: Implications for the prevention of school attacks in the United States. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program and U.S. Secret Service, National Threat Assessment Center.

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