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Types of Bullying
- Physical Bullying – hitting, kicking or other types of aggressive physical behavior
- Verbal Bullying – incessant teasing, name calling, spreading rumors or racial slurs
- Cyber Bullying – tormenting another child through cell phones or the Internet
Laws in Place in Massachusetts
Last May, the governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, signed a piece of anti-bullying legislation into law. The Massachusetts Bullying Prevention Law required all public schools to file anti-bullying plans with the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education by the end of last year, according to a report in the Holbrook Sun. The schools' plans needed to include the following:
- Clear descriptions of what bullying looks like
- Statements prohibiting bullying in the schools
- Procedures for school staff to report incidents of bullying
- Guidelines to promptly respond to reports of bullying
- Guidelines to ensure the safety of victims
- Procedures to notify parents and guardians of the victim or perpetrator
- Guidelines to report incidents of bullying to law enforcement officials
- Provisions for anonymous reports
- Professional development to build awareness and skills for dealing with bullying
- Disciplinary actions for perpetrators of bullying
- Just three years ago, nearly one in every three middle and high school students said they were bullied at school.
- One out of every nine high school students reported that they had been shoved, tripped or
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