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SB 137 - Bullying Law Amendments - Michigan Key Vote

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Title: Bullying Law Amendments

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill amending the definition of bullying and the laws pertaining to bullying.

Highlights:

  • Defines "bullying" as any written, verbal, or physical act, or any electronic communication, by a pupil, directed at one or more other pupils that is intended to harm 1 or more pupils either directly or indirectly by doing any of the following (Sec. 1310):
    • Substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of 1 or more pupils;
    • Substantially and adversely affecting the ability of a pupil to participate in, or benefit from the school district's or public school's educational programs or activities by placing the pupil in reasonable fear of physical harm;
    • Having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a pupil's physical or mental health or causing substantial emotional distress; or
    • Causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.
  • Establishes protocol for contacting the parents or guardians of the victims of bullying, as well as the parents of the bully (Sec. 1310).
  • Requires school districts to adopt a policy against bullying within 6 months (Sec. 1310).
  • Requires school districts to provide at least 1 public hearing within 30 days of adopting a policy (Sec. 1310).
  • Requires school districts to submit a report analyzing the results of an adopted policy within 1 year of enactment (Sec. 1310).

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

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