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HB 1356 – “Bullying Bill 3.0” – took effect July 1, 2018. “Bullying. Provides that a school corporation is not required to report the number of incidents of bullying in the school corporation’s annual school performance report. Provides that information reported by a school corporation relating to the number of incidents of bullying that occur may not be used in calculation of a school’s annual school improvement grade. Provides that the department of education (department) must annually send notification via electronic mail or a letter to each school corporation explaining: (1) the school corporation’s obligation to submit a report to the department containing the number of bullying incidents involving a student; and (2) that the department may conduct an audit of the school corporation to ensure that bullying incidents are accurately reported. Provides that the department may conduct an audit of a school corporation to ensure that bullying incidents are accurately reported. Provides that the department must report discrepancies of an audit on the department’s Internet web site. Requires the department to conduct a statewide survey concerning the improvement of school corporation reporting of incidents of bullying involving a student to the department. Requires, not later than November 1, 2018, the department to submit a report to the general assembly.” http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/bills/house/1356#digest-heading

HB 1423, signed by governor on May 11, 2013 (Public Law 285) “‘bullying’ means overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted  in any  manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors, that are committed  by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or  harm the  other targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment.” https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://static.openstates.org/documents/in/IND00057868&chrome=true

HB 1276: Amends the definition of “bullying” to include communications transmitted from an electronic communica­tions device or through a social networking web site. http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2010/HB/HB1276.2.html

“By July 1 of each year, each school corporation shall submit a report to the department detailing the following information for the current school year for each school in the school corporation and for the entire school corporation: … (8) The number of reported bullying incidents involving a student of the school corporation by category.”

Senate Enrolled Act No. 285: http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2005/PDF/SE/SE0285.1.pdf

IC 20-30-5.5; IC 20-33-8-0.2; IC 20-33-8-13.5; IC 5-2-10.1-2; IC 5-2-10.1-11.12

See also: http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title20/ar33/ch8.html

Criminal electronic harassment: INTIMIDATION AND OTHER OFFENSES RELATING TO COMMUNICATIONS