HB 246, includes cyberbullying, stresses bullying prevention, and requires punishments of “referral to counseling, diversion, use of juvenile specialty courts, restorative practices, on-site suspension and expulsion for any student who commits an act of bullying, intimidation, harassment, violence or threats of violence.” Effective July 1, 2015
18-917A. Student harassment — Intimidation — Bullying. (1) No student or minor present on school property or at school activities shall intentionally commit, or conspire to commit, an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying against another student.
(2) As used in this section, “harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentional gesture, or any intentional written, verbal or physical act or threat by a student that:
(a) A reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of:
(i) Harming a student; or
(ii) Damaging a student’s property; or
(iii) Placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person; or
(iv) Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to his or her property; or
(b) Is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student.
An act of harassment, intimidation or bullying may also be committed through the use of a landline, car phone or wireless telephone or through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network.
(3) A student who personally violates any provision of this section may be guilty of an infraction.
[18-917A, added 2006, ch. 313, sec. 3, p. 973; am. 2015, ch. 289, sec. 1, p. 1161.]
H.B. 750, “Jared’s Law”: Student who personally violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor; possible suspension or denial of school attendance;