Bullying Laws in Virginia

Key Points in the Anti Bullying Laws in Virginia:

Patterns of behavior associated with bullying:

  • Assault
  • Extortion
  • Hazing
  • Larceny
  • Theft
  • Harassment
  • Battery
  • False imprisonment
  • Sexual harassment
  • Robbery
  • Threats

Bullying Laws in VirginiaNon-criminal behavior associated with bullying:

  • Intimidation
  • Taunting
  • Name-calling
  • Insults

Cyber-bullying – form of bullying using information and communication technologies to support deliberate, hostile, behavior intended to harm others:

  • Cell phone text messages
  • Pictures and internet email
  • Social networking
  • Websites
  • Defamatory personal web sites
  • Defamatory online personal polling websites

Sample Conduct Standard for Bullying that School Boards should establish:

  • Physical intimidation, taunting, name calling, and insults
  • Comments regarding:
  1. Race
  2. Gender
  3. Religion
  4. physical abilities or characteristics of associates of the targeted person
  5. Falsifying statements about other persons
  6. Use of technology such as e-mail, text messages, or Web sites to defame or harm others.

Bullying Laws in Virginia – Policies

School Division Policy on Cyber-Bullying:

  • Any student who uses a school-provided communication device (including a computer) or computer network
  1. with the intent to intimidate, harass, or coerce another person, or
  2. to use vulgar, obscene, profane, lewd, or lascivious language to communicate such harassment
  3. to threaten an illegal or immoral act shall be subject to school disciplinary procedures.
  • Any student who uses a personal communication device on school grounds or at a school-related function:
  1. with the intent to intimidate, harass, or coerce another person
  2. to use vulgar, obscene, profane, lewd, or lascivious language to communicate such harassment
  3. to threaten an illegal or immoral act shall be subject to school disciplinary procedure
  • In any instance in which cyber-bullying creates a climate of fear and/or causes a substantial disruption of the work of the school on the rights of other students, the person committing the act shall be subject to school disciplinary proceedings.

Civil Immunity for teachers under certain circumstances:

No school employee or school volunteer shall be liable for any civil damages arising from the prompt good faith reporting of alleged acts of bullying or crimes against others to the appropriate school official in compliance with specified procedures.

Healthy Workplace Bill in Virginia

The Old Dominion State took an active participation during the Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week which was held from Oct 16-22, 2011. Three cities that signed proclamations were:

  • Portsmouth
  • Norfolk
  • Newport News

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