There are no anti bullying laws in Montana and it is one of the few states in America where there are no laws governing this issue. Instead, what they have is a concise and structured state model policy. In its policy, cyber-bullying is part of bullying that it covers.
Groups listed in the model policy:
- National origin
- Sexual orientation
- Gender Identity
- Social origin or condition
- Political affiliation
- Mental, physical or sensory disability
- Any other characteristics that a person have
Key Points in the Anti Bullying Policies in Montana
- Definition of harassment, intimidation and bullying
Any gesture or written, verbal or physical act that have the effect of harming the person or damaging the person’s property, place a person in reasonable fear of physical harm, or demean any person or group of people in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission, the education of any student, or the ability of a staff member to perform the essential functions of the staff member’s job.
- Reporting Processes
- Responsibilities of District Administrator
- Providing notification in the Student and Staff handbooks of the rights and responsibilities of students and staff regarding harassment, intimidation and bullying
- Acquainting new employees in the School District with this policy
- Taking prompt action to investigate/report complaints of harassment, intimidation and bullying
- Taking appropriate disciplinary action as appropriate
- Instructing employees and students regarding the procedures for reporting harassment, intimidation and bullying within the educational setting
- Retaliation and Reprisal
Healthy Workplace Bill in Montana
Montana has already introduced the Healthy Workplace Bill, being the 11st state to do so. It is interesting to know that in 2009, Senator Jonathan Windy Boy proposed SB 494. At that time, the bill failed to pass committee by deadline. Residents of the state are putting their efforts that this time around, the bill to protect the rights of the employees to work under safer and more secure workplaces will be passed and eventually be a law.