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Cyberbullying Prevention Law An ADL Model Statute RULE Report & Investigate

Posted: May 20, 2009

Overview - About the Model Law
Adopt a Policy
Strong Definition
Address Off-Campus Speech
Give Notice
Report & Investigate
Establish Consequences & Provide Counseling
Require Training
State Involvement

A comprehensive bullying prevention law will require a process be established within the school for reporting and investigating bullying.

Students and witnesses should know a safe place to come to report incidents.  There should be a point person in the school who is responsible for receiving reports of bullying and communicating with appropriate personnel for investigation. 

Further, the law should create process for schools to report incidents to the superintendents, who must then report to the designated state repository agency.  State authorities must set an example that this is an important issue that is being monitored and examined.  

Model bill language:

The school policy shall contain:

(a) A procedure for reporting an act of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying, including a provision that permits a person to report such act anonymously.  No formal disciplinary action shall be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report;

(b) A requirement that any school employee that has reliable information that would lead a reasonable person to suspect that a person is a target of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying shall immediately report it to the principal or the principal's designee;

(c) A procedure for each school to document any prohibited incident that is reported and a procedure to report all incidents of, harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying and the resulting consequences, including discipline and referrals, to the Board of Education on a semi-annual basis;

(d) A procedure for reporting to law enforcement all acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying which may constitute criminal activity.

(e) A procedure for prompt investigation of reports of violations and complaints, identifying either the principal or the principal's designee as the person responsible for the investigation

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Advocacy Toolkit (.pdf - 2.08 MB)
This accompanying Cyberbullying Prevention Statute Advocacy Toolkit includes ADL's Model Anti-Bullying Statute, general talking points in support of anti-bullying legislation, a specific section-by-section description of the ADL model policy, a compilation of the existing anti-bullying statutes, and examples of school Internet acceptable use policies.

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Cyberbullying Prevention Model Statute

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Information on ADL's Cyberbullying Educational Community Workshops

ADL Comments on Justice Department Plan to Address Cyberbullying (01/12/10)
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