Bullying Laws in Massachusetts

The policies and anti bullying laws in Massachusetts were made to cover bullying of all sorts including cyber-bullying. Bullying is a serious nuisance that the state of Massachusetts vows to bust for good.

Key Points in the Bullying Laws in Massachusetts:

School bullying prohibited; bullying prevention plans

  • Definition of “bullying” – repeated use by a student of a written, verbal, or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture to a victim that:
    • causes physical or emotional harm to the victim
    • damage to the victim’s property
    • places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property
    • creates a hostile environment at school for the victim
    • infringes on the rights of the victim at school
    • materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school

Bullying Laws in MassachusettsDefinition of “cyber-bullying” – bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication using:

  • any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications
  • creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person
  • knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages
  • distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons

Prohibition of bullying on:

  • School grounds
  • property immediately adjacent to school grounds
  • school-sponsored or school-related activity
  • function or program whether on or off school grounds, a
  • school bus stop
  • school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a school district or school
  • through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, leased or used by a school district or school

Healthy Workplace Bill in Massachusetts

With the House Bill 2310 was introduced on Feb. 28, 2012, the state is already waiting for the bill to turn into a law. HB 2310 is an act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment without regard to protected class status.

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