The anti bullying laws in Pennsylvania are in the form of a Mandatory Anti Bullying Policy.
Key Points in the Bullying Laws in Pennsylvania:
Definition of terms:
Bullying – intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act, or a series of acts:
- directed at another student or students
- occurs in a school setting
- severe, persistent or pervasive
- has the effect of doing any of the following
- substantially interfering with a student’s education
- creating a threatening environment
- substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school
School setting may refer to:
- in the school
- on school grounds
- in school vehicles
- at a designated bus stop
- at any activity sponsored, supervised or sanctioned by the school
- The policy shall delineate disciplinary consequences for bullying and may provide for prevention, intervention, and education programs.
- The policy shall identify the appropriate school staff person to receive bullying reports.
- Scope – Each school entity
- Prohibited Behavior
- Reporting Process
- Investigation Process
- Process on Keeping Written Records
- Process about Consequences of offenders
- Process on providing communication to parents, and guardians.
- Process on providing training and prevention.
- Policy must be accessible to every school’s official website (if available)
Bullying Laws in Bullying Laws in Pennsylvania – Additional Notes
- Cyber-bullying is included in the definition of the law.
- Act 61 was signed into law on July 9, 2008 by Governor Edward Rendell.
- Rep. Michael O’Brien introduced 2 anti-bullying bills. The first bill mentioned bullying including cyber-bullying as a crime. The second bill requires Pennsylvania school district to make revisions to their anti-bullying policies especially the prohibited behaviors and consequences.
Healthy Workplace Bill in Pennsylvania
The Keystone State has encouraged more signatories for the Healthy Workplace Bill to be passed to the legislators. To prove how serious they are to fight bullying at the workplaces, many advocates gather together on March 27, 2012 to brainstorm with Pennsylvania legislators concerning future ideas and efforts about the battle against bullying. Currently, PA HWB is still short of 47 more signatures to eventually pass the bill.