School district; development and adoption of bullying prevention and education policy; review.
(1) The Legislature finds and declares that:
(a) Bullying disrupts a school’s ability to educate students; and
(b) Bullying threatens public safety by creating an atmosphere in which such behavior can escalate into violence.
(2) For purposes of this section, bullying means any ongoing pattern of physical, verbal, or electronic abuse on school grounds, in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by a school being used for a school purpose by a school employee or his or her designee, or at school-sponsored activities or school-sponsored athletic events.
(3) On or before July 1, 2009, each school district as defined in section 79-101 shall develop and adopt a policy concerning bullying prevention and education for all students.
(4) The school district shall review the policy annually.
Proposed law (January 2011): Cyber-bullying as defined in section 79-2,137 shall constitute grounds for long-term suspension, expulsion, or mandatory reassignment, subject to the procedural provisions of the Student Discipline Act, if such conduct causes or is reasonably projected to cause a substantial or material disruption of the school environment or threatens the safety and security of students or school personnel, regardless of whether such conduct occurs or is initiated on or off of school grounds. http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/102/PDF/Intro/LB123.pdf
Postponed indefinitely: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=11942 (status)
L.B. 205, 2008: R.R.S. Nebraska 121A.069579-2,137; Grounds for long-term suspension, expulsion, or mandatory reassignment, subject to the procedural provisions of the Student Discipline Act, when such activity occurs on school grounds, in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by a school being used for a school purpose or in a vehicle being driven for a school purpose by a school employee or by his or her designee, or at a school-sponsored activity or athletic event.
Criminal electronic harassment (does not expressly include electronic forms): 28-311.02. Stalking and harassment; legislative intent; terms, defined.