Georgia - Bullying Policy Definitions: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to adopt anti-bullying policies addressing some U.S. Department of Education-recommended policy requirements.

2017 Georgia Code 20-2-751.4 Policies prohibiting bullying; assignment to alternative school; notice

(a) As used in this Code section, the term "bullying" means an act that is:

  • (1) Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so;
  • (2) Any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm; or
  • (3) Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to threaten, harass, or intimidate, that:
    • (A) Causes another person substantial physical harm within the meaning of Code Section 16-5-23.1 or visible bodily harm as such term is defined in Code Section 16-5-23.1;
    • (B) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education;
    • (C) Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
    • (D) Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
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