tennessee

Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-1014 (2012) (http://law.justia.com/codes/tennessee/2010/title-49/chapter-6/part-10/49-6-1014/)

49-6-1014. Legislative findings — Safety and civility.

The general assembly finds and declares that:

(1) A safe and civil environment is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards;

(2) Harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying, like other disruptive or violent behavior, is conduct that disrupts a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its students in a safe environment;

(3) Students learn by example. School administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers who demonstrate appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect and refusing to tolerate harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying, encourage others to do so as well; and

(4) The use of telephones, cellular phones or other wireless telecommunication devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), computers, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, and web sites by students in a manner that is safe and secure is essential to a safe and civil learning environment and is necessary for students to successfully use technology.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-1015 (2012) (http://law.justia.com/codes/tennessee/2010/title-49/chapter-6/part-10/49-6-1015/)

49-6-1015. Definitions for §§ 49-6-1014 — 49-6-1019.

TN Code § 49-6-4502 (2014)

(a) As used in § 49-6-1014, this section and §§ 49-6-1016 — 49-6-1019:

(1) “Cyber-bullying” means bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices;

(2) “Electronic devices” include, but are not limited to, telephones, cellular phones or other wireless telecommunication devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), computers, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, and web sites;

(3) “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance; and:

(A) If the act takes place on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided equipment or transportation or at any official school bus stop, the act has the effect of:

(i) Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property;

(ii) Knowingly placing a student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;

(iii) Causing emotional distress to a student or students; or

(iv) Creating a hostile educational environment; or

(B) If the act takes place off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity, it is directed specifically at a student or students and has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the education environment or learning process.

http://law.justia.com/codes/tennessee/2014/title-49/chapter-6/part-45/section-49-6-4502

S.B.113; A misdemeanor (up to 1 year in prison and a $2,500 fine) for making threats made online as well as certain in­stances of cyberharassment. http://law.justia.com/codes/tennessee/2010/title-39/chapter-17/part-3/39-17-308