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Bully Awareness in neisd - state and local

In 2011, during the Texas 82nd Legislative Session, amendments to the law addressing bullying were adopted in House Bill 1942. The anti-bullying law requires all Texas school districts to adopt procedures and policies to address bullying on campus. House Bill 1942 is included in the Texas Education Code (TEC), Section 37.0832.

TEC 37.0832 defines bullying as:
When a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district and a school district’s board of trustees or the board’s designee determines that the behavior:

1. Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or
2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or
abusive educational environment for a student.

This conduct is considered bullying if it:
1. Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator who is engaging in bullying and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and
2. Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.

Bullying now includes expression through electronic means on school property, at a school sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district, for example, a school bus. Our legislature added this addition due to increased cyber bullying in our Texas schools today.

Board Policy FFI (Legal) and FFI (Local) address bullying in our District. Board Policies can be found at http://pol.tasb.org/Home/Index/179.