State law defines prohibited behavior and may require districts to include bullying definitions in district anti-bullying policies.
South Carolina Code of Laws 59-63-120 Definitions
As used in this article: (1) “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means a gesture, an electronic communication, or a written, verbal, physical, or sexual act that is reasonably perceived to have the effect of:
- (a) harming a student physically or emotionally or damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of personal harm or property damage; or
- (b) insulting or demeaning a student or group of students causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.
South Carolina Code of Laws 59-63-140 Local school districts to adopt policies prohibiting harassment; required components; model policies by State Board of Education; bullying prevention programs.
(B) The policy must include, but not be limited to, the following components:
- (2) a definition of harassment, intimidation, or bullying no less inclusive than the definition in Section 59-63-120;