Bullying Laws in Maine

The policies and anti bullying laws in Maine use the terms like “bullying,” “harassment,” and “sexual harassment” to clearly identify all concerns about bullying. Model Policy is readily available at the Maine Department of Education. Some groups listed in its law and policies are:

  • Ancestry
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Other personal characteristics
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation

Bullying Laws in MaineKey Points of the Bullying Laws in Maine:

  • Bullying prohibited– clearly an unacceptable conduct in schools. Students who are guilty of bullying will be subject to disciplinary consequences. Disciplinary actions may include:
    • Suspension
    • Expulsion
    • Bullying defined – any physical act or gesture or any written, verbal or electronic communication that:
      • Places the person to have effect of:
        • Physical harm
        • Damage the student’s property
  • Substantially disrupting the educational environment of the student
  • Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that creates hostile and intimidating educational environment to the student.

Bullying Laws in Maine – Model Policy

Application of Policy– samples of bullying conduct:

  • Physical contact that causes injury to another person or his property
  • Threats or harm to a student, his possessions whether transmitted verbally, in writing or in cyberspace
  • Blackmail, demands for protection money, extortion, or involuntary donations
  • Non-verbal threats or intimidations like using menacing gestures
  • Stalking
  • Blocking access to school property
  • Stealing or hiding books, and other belongings
  • Repeated or pervasive taunting, name-calling, belittling, mocking, put-downs, or demeaning humor in any of the student’s group listed in the law and policy.
  • Delegation of Responsibilities
    • Process for student and parents’ reporting of the bullying incident.
    • Staff reporting on bullying incident.
    • Review of reports and investigations of bullying incidents.
    • Intervention or disciplining of the bully
    • Support for the victims
    • Training school staff and personnel
    • Evaluation of bullying prevention
    • Reporting
    • Responding to Bullying
    • Dissemination of Policy

Healthy Workplace Bill in Maine

Only 9 signatories are present as of the moment. The bill still needs 91 more signed petitioned letters for the HWB to be passed in the local legislators.

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