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Clay school board approves new anti-bullying policy

Rule adds cyber-bullying prohibition

BY DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

Clay County School Board members approved additions to its anti-bullying policy during its August meeting.  The 11-page document defines bullying and harassment, instructs district staff to raise awareness about the issue and lays out guidelines to report, investigate and discipline acts of bullying or harassment.

The new sections of the rule adds cyber bullying to the policy which is defined as bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication.  Examples include unwanted teasing, threats, intimidation, stalking, harassment and the spreading of falsehoods through email, Internet communications, instant messages and facsimile communications.

The policy also states the district can discipline students, employees, contractors, visitors or volunteers for bullying that may occur away from school or while using non-district property as long as the act “substantially interferes with or limits the victim’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by a school or substantially disrupts the education process.”

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