Bullying: Student Bullying in Miami, Florida Public Schools

Bullying

20 Dec Bullying: Student Bullying in Miami, Florida Public Schools

Bullying

The State of Florida has enacted laws to help protect its students from  within its schools. One of these laws is the “Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act.”

It directed at preventing bullying or harassment of any student or employee of a public (k-12) school during any education program or activity conducted by a public K-12 educational institution; during any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity or on a school bus of a public K-12 educational institution; or through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network of a public K-12 educational institution.

“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.

“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.

(§ 1006.147, Fla. Stat. (2011))

Update:
*Please note that this firm no longer handles bullying cases.