florida

HB 609, signed by governor in May 2013, takes effect July 1, 2013. Added “cyberbullying” to bill and includes explicit language allowing schools to discipline students for their off-campus harassment that “substantially interferes with or limits the victim’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by a school or substantially disrupts the education process or orderly operation of a school.”

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_h0609er.docx&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=0609&Session=2013

Related to HB 626, “Imagine Sheterria Elliot Act” passed http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=49783&

Full law: http://laws.flrules.org/2013/87

H.B. 699 s. 1006.147: School Safety “Jeffrey Johnson Stand Up for All Students Act”: Consequences must be made clear by the school district; http://www.myfloridahouse.com/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_h0669__.xml&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=0669&Session=2008

“A procedure for including incidents of bullying or harassment in the school’s report of data concerning school safety and discipline required under s. 1006.09(6). The report must include each incident of bullying or harassment and the resulting consequences, including discipline and referrals. The report must include in a separate section each reported incident of bullying or harassment that does not meet the criteria of a prohibited act under this section with recommendations regarding such incidents. The Department of Education shall aggregate information contained in the reports.”

Florida does have a criminal cyberstalking law that might apply to certain cyberbullying behaviors: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0700-0799/0784/Sections/0784.048.html

Rebecca’s Law – proposed bill that would criminalize bullying with punishments up to a year in jail. Never passed.

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_h0451__.docx&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=0451&Session=2014