Mississippi - Mental Health Supports for Students Involved in Bullying Incidents: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to provide safeguards, counseling or other supportive services or interventions, or requires districts to provide students with resources and referrals without mandating the provision of direct services or interventions.

Mississippi Code 1972 37-11-69 Anti-bullying personnel and discipline policies and code of student conduct.

(1) Each local school district shall include in its personnel policies, discipline policies and code of student conduct a prohibition against bullying or harassing behavior and adopt procedures for reporting, investigating and addressing such behavior, that:

  • (a) Prohibit the bullying of a student;

  • (b) Prohibit retaliation against any person, including a victim, a witness, or another person, who in good faith provides information concerning an incident of bullying;

  • (c) Establish a procedure for providing notice of an incident of bullying to a parent or guardian of the victim and a parent or guardian of the bully within a reasonable amount of time after the incident;

  • (d) Establish the actions a student should take to obtain assistance and intervention in response to bullying;

  • (e) Set out the available counseling options for a student who is a victim of or a witness to bullying or who engages in bullying;

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