Bullying Laws in New Mexico

Key Points in the Anti Bullying Laws in New Mexico:

Scope:

  • Public schools
  • Charter schools
  • State supported educational institutions

Objective: To establish requirements for districts, schools and state supported educational institutions to address bullying of students by adopting and implementing policies.

Definition of terms:

  • Bullying– any repeated and pervasive written, verbal or electronic expression, physical act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to cause distress upon one or more students
    • in the school
    • on school grounds
    • in school vehicles
    • at a designated bus stop
    • at school activities or sanctioned events

Bullying Laws in New MexicoBullying also means hazing, harassment, intimidation or menacing acts of a student to groups listed under the law:

  • Age
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • National Origin
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

Harassment – knowingly pursuing a pattern of conduct that is intended to annoy, alarm or terrorize another person

  • Requirement for school boards to adopt anti-bullying policy:
    • absolute prohibition against bullying
    • method to ensure initial and annual dissemination of the anti-bullying policy to all students, parents, teachers, administrators and all other school or district employees
    • Procedures for reporting
    • Consequences for bullying
    • Consequences for false reports
    • Procedures for investigations
    • Requirement for teachers and school staff for reporting
    • Requirement that anti-bullying is included as part of the health education curriculum as set forth in 6.30.2.19 NMAC

Bullying Laws in New Mexico – Model Policy

The state model policy is available at the New Mexico Public Education System. Interestingly, it tackles another term, “disability harassment” which means intimidation or abusive behavior toward a student based on disability that creates a hostile environment by interfering with or denying a student’s participation in or receipt of benefits, services, or opportunities in the district. These can pertain to:

  • Verbal acts, teasing, use of sarcasm, jokes
  • Name-calling, belittling
  • Non-verbal behavior such as graphic or written statements
  • Conduct that is physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating
  • Inappropriate physical restraint by adults

Healthy Workplace Bill in New Mexico

So far, there are only 3 signatories for this bill to be passed. New Mexico needs 97 more signed petitions for the Healthy Workplace Bill to be acknowledged by the Legislators and eventually turn into a law.

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