Bullying Laws in Wisconsin

Key Points in the Bullying Laws in Wisconsin:

Definition of Bullying:

  • deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions, intended to cause fear, intimidation or harm
  • may be repeated behavior and involves an imbalance of power
  • may be motivated by an actual or perceived distinguishing characteristic, such as, but not limited to:
  1. age
  2. sex
  3. race
  4. religion
  5. national origin
  6. ancestry
  7. creed
  8. pregnancy
  9. marital or parental status
  10. sexual orientation
  11. physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.

Bullying Laws in WisconsinBullying Behaviors:

  • Physical

( assault, hitting or punching, kicking, theft, threatening behavior)

  • Verbal (threatening or intimidating language, teasing or name-calling, racist remarks)
  • Indirect ( spreading cruel rumors, intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and sending insulting messages or pictures by mobile phone or using the internet – also known as cyber bullying)

Bullying Laws in Wisconsin – Policy

Policy on Bullying:

  • definition of bullying
  • prohibition on bullying
  • procedure for reporting bullying that allows reports to be made confidentially
  • prohibition against a pupil retaliating against another pupil for reporting an incident of bullying
  • procedure for investigating reports of bullying
  • requirement that school district officials and employees report incidents of bullying and identify the persons to whom the reports must be made
  • list of disciplinary alternatives for pupils that engage in bullying or who retaliate against a pupil who reports an incident of bullying
  • identification of the school-related events at which the policy applies
  • identification of the property owned, leased, or used by the school district on which the policy applies
  • identification of the vehicles used for pupil transportation on which the policy applies

Healthy Workplace Bill in Wisconsin

The Badger State was the 17th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill. The city of LaCrosse took an active participation during the Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week held on Oct. 16-22, 2011. During that monumental event, a new version of the Healthy Workplace Bill was introduced. Two identical bills (AB 364 and SB277) will be deliberated for the legislative session this year.

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