Thank you. The HiB law defines harassment, intimidation or bullying as “any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or series of incidents, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic… that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds … that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students, and that a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person or damage his property.”
The parent of the child is entitled to a report of the incident, and it should list which party is the victim. The report is also filed with the Board of Education.
If a parent disagrees with the report they can request an appeal with the school board via an executive meeting. more information is here
The main purpose of the Act is to ensure that schools respond promptly and efficiently to any situations that involve bullying.
If you feel your child has been bullied, one may contact the police but generally the school will provide services to help the victim, and also to help prevent the other child from engaging in such behavior.
This explains the investigative process
The state also has a very helpful and detailed guide here
If a minor child causes any harm to another party the child's parents are legally responsible; most parents are not aware of that.
But again, the Act is designed to ensure that school officials respond quickly (within 10 days) and efficiently so as to protect the children and to help get counseling or other remedies for either party.
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