CT HB07215 (signed by governor on July 8, 2019). (1) “Bullying” means [(A) the repeated use by one or more students of a written, oral or electronic communication, such as cyberbullying, directed at or referring to another student attending school in the same school district, or (B) a physical act or gesture by one or more students repeatedly directed at another student attending school in the same school district, that: (i) Causes physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such student’s property, (ii) places such student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself, or of damage to his or her property, (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for such student, (iv) infringes on the rights of such student at school, or (v) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school] an act that is direct or indirect and severe, persistent or pervasive, which (A) causes physical or emotional harm to an individual, (B) places an individual in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm, or (C) infringes on the rights or opportunities of an individual at school. (https://legiscan.com/CT/text/HB07215/id/2043201)
Signed by governor on 7-13-2011; “An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying Laws”, or S.B. 1138).
“Cyberbullying” means any act of bullying through the use of the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, cellular mobile telephone or other mobile electronic devices or any electronic communications…” School policies must “include provisions addressing bullying outside of the school setting if such bullying (A) creates a hostile environment at school for the victim, (B) infringes on the rights of the victim at school, or (C) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school…” http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/TOB/S/2011SB-01138-R00-SB.htm
H.B. 5826 (2008): http://www.cga.ct.gov/2008/ACT/PA/2008PA-00160-R00HB-05826-PA.htm Requires schools/school districts to implement anti-bullying policies.
2002 Connecticut Public Act 2-119, SHB 5425; Statutes § 10-222d; defines a policy that Schools must adhere to for the severity of bullying but does not clearly define punishments nor explain thoroughly what bullying means.
Criminal electronic harassment:
Harassment in the first degree: Class D felony.
Harassment in the second degree: Class C misdemeanor.