SB 1462 - Expands Penalties for Bullying - Arizona Key Vote


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Title: Expands Penalties for Bullying

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Vote to pass a bill that expands penalties for bullying and specifies schools' responsibilities with regard to bullying.


  • Defines “bullying” as any written, verbal, or physical act or electronic communication that is intended to harm one or more students by doing any of the following (Sec. 1):
    • “Substantially interfering” with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more students;
    • “Adversely affecting” the ability of a pupil to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities by placing the pupil in “reasonable” fear of physical harm or by causing “substantial emotional distress;"
    • Having an "actual and substantial detrimental effect" on a student's health; or
    • Causing “substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with," the orderly operation of a school.                                           
  • Requires Charter Schools to implement the following procedures (Sec. 2):
    • Enforce anti-bullying procedures to prohibit students from harassing and intimidating other students, including bullying through electronic means;
    • Provide a statement that declares all students are protected; 
    • Establish a procedure to report bullying;
    • Establish disciplinary procedures for pupils who admit or are found to have committed acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying; and 
    • Establish procedures designed to protect the health and safety of pupils who are physically or emotionally harmed as a result of an incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying including contacting medical services or law enforcement agencies.
  • Requires school employees and administrators to receive annual training in identifying and responding to bullying (Sec. 3).
  • Authorizes parents and students to receive similar training upon parent or guardian approval (Sec. 3).