Bullying and the Law
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Florida Bullying Law

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(1) The Florida Anti-bullying law is also known as the “Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act.”

(Click here to read details Jeffrey Johnston’s story.

(2) Bullying or harassment of any student or employee of a public K-12 educational institution is prohibited:

(a) During any public school related program or activity;
(b) On a public K-12 school bus; or
(c) Through the use of public school’s computer, software, or computer network.

(3) For purposes of Florida’s “Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act”:

(a) “Bullying” means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students and may involve:

1. Teasing;
2. Social exclusion;
3. Threat;
4. Intimidation;
5. Stalking;
6. Physical violence;
7. Theft;
8. Sexual, religious, or racial harassment;
9. Public humiliation; or
10. Destruction of property.

(b) “Harassment” means any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal, or physical conduct directed against a student or school employee that:

1. Places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property;
2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits; or
3. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school.

(c) The definitions of “bullying” and “harassment” include:

1. Retaliation against a student or school employee by another student or school employee for asserting or alleging an act of bullying or harassment. Reporting an act of bullying or harassment that is not made in good faith is considered retaliation. (This means you can’t make up the bullying story you are reporting.)

2. Perpetuation of conduct listed in paragraph (a) or paragraph (b) by an individual or group with intent to demean, dehumanize, embarrass, or cause physical harm to a student or school employee by:

 

 

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Lafayette

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Polk

Baker

Flagler Lake  Putnam

Bay 

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Bradford

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Levy

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Seminole

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Gadsden

Liberty

Page 222

St. Johns

Calhoun

Gilchrist Madison St. Lucie

Charlotte

Glades Manatee Sumter

Citrus

Gulf Marion Suwannee

Clay

Page 18

Hamilton

Page 188

Martin

Taylor

Page 206

Collier

Hardee Monroe  

Columbia

Hendry Nassau Union

Dade

Hernando Okaloosa  

DeSoto

Page 494

Highlands Okeechobee Volusia
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Dozier Holmes Osceola Walton
Duval Indian River

Palm Beach

Washington
Escambia Jackson Pasco  
 

Jefferson

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