May 31, 2017
updated October 11, 2017
Research finds that youth being bullied are more likely to be depressed, which could lead to thoughts and actions of suicide.
Bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, abusive conduct and retaliation are all included in the Utah anti-bullying laws and regulations.
Montana was the latest state to address bully laws.
1999: Following Columbine shootings, Georgia is the first state to pass anti-bullying legislation.
1999 – 2010: More than one hundred and twenty bills are adopted by state legislatures.
March 22, 2011: Cyber-bullying and hazing are added to an existing anti-bullying prevention policy in Utah.
February 2012: Forty-eight states have established bully laws or have plans to implement one by the end of the year.
October 1, 2017: North Tonawanda, NY child violation law goes into effect
As technology progresses, everything evolves and, in some cases, can grow. Such is the case for online bullying and harassment cases. For victims, the bully problems at school can lead to problems at home and in turn become overwhelming to a point of life threat. For the bully, as the laws evolve, criminal charges have become more serious.
Cyber-bullying can be invasive and challenging because the threats posed go beyond the school grounds. While easy to delete, viral offenses are not so easily removed from the affected child’s mind. Even still, some lawyers and libertarian-leaning groups are concerned over the language in some of the state laws. They cite examples, such as somebody that criticizes his neighbor’s choice of house paint on Facebook, or complains about a state lawmaker in an online comment section- which could lead them to being arrested and sentenced to jail for a year.
Schools that receive federal funding are required to address discrimination in a number of different ways.
If a violation occurs twice over the course of 90 days, under the new North Tonawanda law, parents can face punishment:
- If their child violates the city curfew law
- If their child violates city law (includes bullying)
There are nearly thirty regulations covering bullying by the State of Utah.
Under Utah law, bullies and ‘others’ could be fined or sent to jail for opinions voiced online.
Many lawyers feel that the combined heavy scope and broad language that endorses the Utah law treads on the 1st Amendment.
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