Why is this issue so important now?

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It’s the law. We are required to address bullying.

  • It’s the right thing to do!
  • There are potential long-term negative effects on those involved.
  • There is potential negative impact on school climate.
  • There is a connection between bullying and academic achievement.

In addition to state law, there are liability issues. Schools may be found liable if it can be shown that:

  • The school environment has been altered for a targeted student(s).
  • Any staff knew or should have known.
  • There was a failure to act.
  • There was deliberate indifference.