State law defines prohibited behavior and may require districts to include bullying definitions in district anti-bullying policies.
Code of Virginia § 22.1-276.01. Definitions.
Bullying means any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. Bullying includes cyber bullying. Bullying does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.