Bullying Laws in New Hampshire

Key Points in the Bullying Laws in New Hampshire

Definition of terms:

  • Bullying – a single significant incident or a pattern of incidents involving a written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another pupil which:
    • Physically harms a pupil or damages the pupil’s property
    • Causes emotional distress to a pupil
    • Interferes with a pupil’s educational opportunities
    • Creates a hostile educational environment
    • Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school

Bullying Laws in New HampshireBullying – all include actions motivated by an imbalance of power based on a pupil’s actual or perceived personal characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs, or motivated by the pupil’s association with another person and based on the other person’s characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs

  • Cyber-bullying – bullying through the use of electronic devices
  • Electronic devices:
    • Telephones
    • Cellular phones
    • Computers
    • Pagers
    • Electronic mail
    • Instant messaging
    • Text messaging
    • Websites

Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention

  • Statement prohibiting bullying or cyber-bullying of a pupil
  • statement prohibiting retaliation or false accusations against a victim, witness, or anyone else who in good faith provides information about an act of bullying or cyber-bullying and, at the time a report is made, a process for developing, as needed, a plan to protect pupils from retaliation
  • Requirement that all pupils are protected regardless of their status under the law
  • Statement that there shall be disciplinary consequences or interventions, or both, for a pupil who commits an act of bullying or cyber-bullying, or falsely accuses another of the same as a means of retaliation or reprisal
  • Statement indicating how the policy shall be made known to school employees, regular school volunteers, pupils, parents, legal guardians, or employees of a company under contract to a school, school district, or chartered public school. Recommended methods of communication include, but are not limited to, handbooks, websites, newsletters, and workshops

 

Training and Assessment
Reporting

  • procedure for reporting bullying or cyber-bullying that identifies all persons to whom a pupil or another person may report bullying or cyber-bullying
  • procedure outlining the internal reporting requirements within the school or school district or chartered public school
  • procedure for notification, within 48 hours of the incident report, to the parent or parents or guardian of a victim of bullying or cyber-bullying and the parent or parents or guardian of the perpetrator of the bullying or cyber-bullying

Immunity
School District Discrimination or Harassment Policies
Private Right of Action not Permitted
Public Academies
Policy Development

Healthy Workplace Bill in New Hampshire

In Jan. 6, 2010, Rep. William Butynski introduced the HB 1408. However, during an executive session, the bill was determined to be inexpedient to legislate. Thus, new signatories are needed for the Healthy Workplace Bill to be passed to the legislators.

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