Bullying Laws in North Carolina

Key Points in the Anti Bullying Laws in North Carolina:

Definition of “bullying and harassing behavior”

  • any pattern of gestures or written, electronic, or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication that
    • Places a student or school employee in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property
    • Creates or is certain to create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits
  • Takes place on
    • School property
    • Any school-sponsored function
    • School bus
  • Bullying Laws in North Carolinaacts reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristics such as:
    • academic status
    • ancestry
    • color
    • gender
    • gender identity
    • mental/physical/developmental/sensory disability
    • national origin
    • physical appearance
    • race
    • religion
    • sexual orientation
    • socio-economic status
    • association with a person who has or is perceived to have these characteristics

Cyber-bullying and penalty

  • Definition of cyber-bullying
  • Class 1 penalty for 18 years old and up
  • Class 2 penalty for 18 years old and under

Bullying Laws in North Carolina – Anti Bullying Policy

Policy against bullying and harassing behavior

  • statement prohibiting bullying or harassing behavior
  • definition of bullying or harassing behavior
  • description of the type of behavior expected for each student and school employee
  • consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who commits an act of bullying or harassment
  • procedure for reporting an act of bullying or harassment
  • procedure for prompt investigation of reports
  • statement that prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying or harassment
  • statement of how the policy is to be disseminated and publicized

Healthy Workplace Bill in North Carolina

North Carolina State Legislators are still waiting for 89 more signed petitions for the Healthy Workplace Bill to be passed. The bill will help protect employees against safer and more secure working environment far from abusive employers for the Old North State.

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