Kentucky - Bullying Policy Definitions: Policy or Plan Requirements

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

Kentucky Revised Statutes 158.148 Definition of "bullying"


  • (a) As used in this section, “bullying” means any unwanted verbal, physical, or social behavior among students that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and is repeated or has the potential to be repeated:

      1. That occurs on school premises, on school-sponsored transportation, or at a school-sponsored event; or
      1. That disrupts the education process.
  • (b) This definition shall not be interpreted to prohibit civil exchange of opinions or debate or cultural practices protected under the state or federal Constitution where the opinion expressed does not otherwise materially or substantially disrupt the education process.

Kentucky Revised Statutes 525.070 Harassment.

(1) A person is guilty of harassment when, with intent to intimidate, harass, annoy, or alarm another person, he or she:

  • (a) Strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise subjects him to physical contact;

  • (b) Attempts or threatens to strike, shove, kick, or otherwise subject the person to physical contact;

  • (c) In a public place, makes an offensively coarse utterance, gesture, or display, or addresses abusive language to any person present;

  • (d) Follows a person in or about a public place or places;

  • (e) Engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which alarm or seriously annoy such other person and which serve no legitimate purpose; or

  • (f) Being enrolled as a student in a local school district, and while on school premises, on school-sponsored transportation, or at a school-sponsored event:

      1. Damages or commits a theft of the property of another student;
      1. Substantially disrupts the operation of the school; or
      1. Creates a hostile environment by means of any gestures, written communications, oral statements, or physical acts that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know would cause another student to suffer fear of physical harm, intimidation, humiliation, or embarrassment.


  • (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, harassment is a violation.

  • (b) Harassment, as defined in paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of this section, is a Class B misdemeanor.

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