Sutton Public Schools Anti-Bullying Law Overview

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  • Sutton Public Schools Anti-Bullying Law Overview

  • Preparing for the Bullying Prevention LawThe following information comes directly from the Office of the Attorney General and The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC).

  • Components of the Anti-Bullying LawLegislationDefinition of BullyingTools to enforce Anti-bullyingCurrent Laws and Implications Required Elements of a Bully Prevention and Intervention PlanYour role as a staff memberWhat you can and cannot discuss with parentsWhat we are already doing here in SuttonQuestions

  • LegislationDefines bullying and cyber bullyingReaches off-campus conductRequires curricula and policiesReporting to principalsProcedures for investigating reportsReporting to law enforcement if criminalDoes not create any new crimes

  • Bullying DefinedRepeated conductPhysical or emotional harm orDamage to victims propertyHostile environment at school for victim;Infringes on the rightsMaterially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school

  • Off-Campus ConductExtends beyond school grounds if it:Creates a hostile environment at school for victim orMaterially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school

  • ToolsSchool Disciplinary Code and PolicyCriminal StatutesMOA (Memorandum of Agreement)SRO (School Resource Officer)Local Law Enforcement

  • Criminal Harassment G.L. c. 265, s. 43AWillfully and maliciously Pattern of conduct or series directed at a specific personSeriously alarms that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distressIncludes acts committed by mail, telephone, telephonic device, email and internet

  • ThreatsG.L. c. 275, s. 2Threats to commit a crime Against the person or property of anotherNeed expression of intention and an ability to do so in circumstances that justify apprehension on the part of the recipient

  • StalkingWillfully and maliciously Engages in a knowing pattern of conduct or series of acts over a period of time directed at a specific personSeriously alarms or annoys that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distressMakes a threat with intent to place a person in imminent fear of death or bodily injury

  • AssaultG.L. c. 265, s. 13AAct of placing another in reasonable fear that force may be used

  • Assault and BatteryBasicsBy means of a Dangerous WeaponFor the purpose of Intimidation

  • Additional Laws and ImplicationsHazingAnnoying Telephone CallsIdentity FraudDisturbance of School or Assembly

  • Destruction of School or Educational FacilityWillfully and intentionally destroys, defaces, mars or injures a school, educational facility or community center

  • Required Elements of the Bully Prevention and Intervention Plan Include:Descriptions of and statements prohibiting bullying, cyber-bullying and retaliationClear procedures for students, staff, parents, guardians and others to report bullying or retaliationProvision for anonymous reportingClear procedures for responding to and investigating reports of bullying or retaliationThe range of disciplinary actions that may be takenBalance accountability and the need to teach appropriate behavior

  • Required Elements of the Bully Prevention and Intervention Plan Include:Clear procedures for restoring a sense of safety for the victimStrategies for protecting from bullying or retaliationProcedures consistent with state and federal law for notifying parents or guardians of a victim or perpetratorA provision that a student that makes a false accusation shall be subject to disciplinary actionA strategy for providing counseling or referral to appropriate services for victims and perpetrators and for family members of students

  • In the Event of a Bullying or Retaliation SituationReport it to your building principal, they will determine the next steps.If you are not certain the situation is bullying or retaliation report it anyway.

  • What You Can Tell Parents In A Bullying or Retaliation SituationSpecific disciplinary procedures that are defined in school policy or administrative procedures, and whether or not you intend to follow that policy in this caseAny actions the school is taking that affect their child (e.g., moving the child to another classroom)The fact that they have been in communication with the parents or guardians of other childrenAny actions the school is taking which affect the children generally but which may impact the incident(s) in question (e.g., placing an adult monitor in a spot which has been identified as one where bullying occurs)

  • What You Can Tell Parents In A Bullying or Retaliation Situation (continued) Previous incident(s) in which their child had some involvement, without naming other childrenMeasures you might use to help parents help their child (e.g.,practicing your childs response to a bully;checking in daily with your childs teacher; getting important information from your child)Any reports or referrals made to law enforcement regarding the incident(s)in question

  • What You CANNOT Tell A Parent in A Bullying or Retaliation SituationSpecific disciplinary procedures instituted against any child except their ownAny actions the school is taking that specifically affect a child other than their own(e.g., moving another child to a differentThe content of any communications with another childs parents or guardiansAny contract or agreement with a child who is not their own, or with the parents of that child

  • What You CANNOT Tell A Parent in A Bullying or Retaliation Situation (continued)The names or identification of other children involved in previous incident(s)in which their child had some involvement, for which there is a recordMeasures other parents are taking to help their child(e.g., parents putting another child in therapy)Previous or past behaviors or behavior problems of any child other than their own child

  • Anti-Bullying In Sutton Safety, Respect, ResponsibilitySecond StepSteps to RespectRADD Kids Kaleidoscope TheaterBully ReportingSchool WebsiteParent Coffees

  • For More Information Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Centerhttp://webhost.bridgew.edu/marc/parpub.html

    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Educationhttp://www.doe.mass.edu/ssce/bullying/