• Bullying Prevention & Intervention

Definition of Bullying

  • Bullying - Legal Definition / Chapter 71, Section 37O

    ''Bullying'', the repeated use by one or more students or by a member of a school staff including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a victim that:

    1. causes physical or emotional harm to the victim or damage to the victim's property;
    2. places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property;
    3. creates a hostile environment at school for the victim;
    4. infringes on the rights of the victim at school; or
    5. materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

    For the purposes of this section, bullying shall include cyber-bullying.

    ''Cyber-bullying'', bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications. Cyber-bullying shall also include:

    • the creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or
    • the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (A) to (E), inclusive, of the definition of bullying.

    Cyber-bullying shall also include the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (A) to (E), inclusive, of the definition of bullying.