Bullying Laws in Texas

Key Points in the Bullying Laws in Texas:

  • Additional information about anti-bullying can be accessed through the Texas Department of Education entitled, “Coordinated School Health: Bullying and Cyber-bullying”
  • Bullying– engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district and that:
    • has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property
    • sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student
    • Bullying may also refer to
      • exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct
      • interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school

 

  • Cyber-bullying – the use of any electronic communication device to engage in bullying or intimidation.
  • Harassment – threatening to cause harm or bodily injury to another student, engaging in sexually intimidating conduct, causing physical damage to the property of another student, subjecting another student to physical confinement or restraint, or maliciously taking any action that substantially harms another student’s physical or emotional health or safety

Bullying Laws in TexasBullying Laws in Texas – Model Policy:

  1. Prohibits the bullying of a student
  2. Prohibits retaliation
  3. Procedure for providing notice of an incident of bullying
  4. Counseling options
  5. Procedures for reporting
  6. Disciplinary measure

Healthy Workplace Bill in Texas

The Lone Star State is proud to have several cities that actively participated from the recently concluded Freedom from Workplace Bullies last Oct. 16-22, 2011. Interestingly, the Texas advocates of Healthy Workplace Bill hosted an informational table at the state capitol lobby for the entire week. Participating cities were:

  • San Antonio
  • Galveston
  • El Paso
  • Arlington
  • Corsicana
  • Longview
  • Killeen
  • San Marcos
  • Santa Fe
  • Bedford
  • New Braunfels
  • Bridgeport

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