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).

  • 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)


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

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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