The anti bullying laws in Florida use the term “bullying” for any act of bullying. The term “harassment” is tackled by a separate law and policy of the state. Florida’s law against bullying covers cyber-bullying along with other forms of bullying. Under the law, groups such as religion, race and sex are listed.
Key Components of the Anti Bullying Laws in Florida:
Bullying and Harassment prohibited
- Reporting an alleged bullying incident which is done not in good faith is considered to be retaliation.
- Perpetuations of conduct by individuals or groups who have intentions to demean, dehumanize, embarrass, or cause physical harm to a student.
- School policy for bullying:
- Statement prohibiting bullying
- Definition of bullying
- Description of proper behaviors of students from grades Kindergarten to 12.
- Procedure for reporting bullying incidents
- Procedure for prompt investigation
- Process for immediate notification to parents of victims
- Process for counseling referrals
- Process of reporting bullying incidents in the Department of Education
- Process of reporting to parents of the victims about the incident.
- Process for publicizing the policy
Bullying Laws in Florida – Key Points of Model Policy:
Florida Model Policy is available through Florida Department of Education. In the state’s policy, acts of bullying may refer to:
- Destruction of Property
- Physical violence
- Public Humiliation
- Sexual, religious or racial harassment
- Social exclusion
The model policy also referred cyber-bullying means engaging in a conduct using communication, words, images, or language through electronic communication or electronic mail directed to a person that causes deep emotional distress.
The policy also includes:
- Description of students’ responsibilities and behavior
- Positive reinforcement for good conduct
- Explain student rights
- Identify disciplinary sanctions and due process
Healthy Workplace Bill in Florida
Meanwhile, Florida has not yet passed any bills concerning bullying in the workplace, although there are already around 42 concerned citizens who already signed the petition to pass the Healthy Workplace Bill to protect the safety and security of many employees in their respective workplaces.