Bullying Laws in Tennessee

Key Points in the Bullying Laws in Tennessee:

Definitions:

Cyber-Bullying – bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices:

  •  Telephones
  • Cellular phones
  • Other wireless telecommunication devices
  • Personal digital assistants (PDAs)
  • Computers
  • Electronic mail
  • Instant messaging
  • Text messaging
  • Websites

Bullying Laws in TennesseeHarassment, intimidation or bullying – any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance:

  • If the act takes place:
  1. on school grounds
  2. at any school-sponsored activity
  3. on school-provided equipment
  4. school transportation
  5. at any official school bus stop
  • If the act has the effect of:
  1. Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property
  2. Knowingly placing a student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;
  3. Causing emotional distress to a student or students
  4. Creating a hostile educational environment
  • If the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the education environment or learning process.

Bullying Laws in Tennessee – Model Policy

  • statement prohibiting harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying
  • definition of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying
  • description of the type of behavior expected from each student
  • consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who commits an act of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying;
  • Reporting procedure
  • procedure for prompt investigation
  • statement of the manner in which a school district shall respond after an act of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying is reported, investigated and confirmed
  • statement prohibiting reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying
  • statement of how the policy is to be publicized within the district
  • identification by job title of school officials responsible for ensuring that the policy is implemented
  • procedure for discouraging and reporting conduct aimed at defining a student in a sexual manner or conduct impugning the character of a student based on allegations of sexual promiscuity.

Healthy Workplace Bill in Tennessee

The Volunteer State has 9 out of 100 needed signed petitions for the Healthy Workplace Bill to be passed to the Tennessee State Legislators.

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