State law prohibits bullying behavior.
8 New York Codes, Rules and Regulations 100.2 General school requirements.
(b) provisions prohibiting harassment, bullying, and/or discrimination against any student, by employees or students that creates a hostile school environment by conduct or by threats, intimidation or abuse, including cyberbullying as defined in Education Law section 11(8), that either: (1) has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student's educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional and/or physical well-being, including conduct, threats, intimidation or abuse that reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause emotional harm; or (2) reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause physical injury to a student or to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety, (3) Such conduct shall include acts of harassment and/or bullying that occur: (i) on school property, as defined in section 100.2(kk)(1)(i) of this Part; and/or (ii) at a school function, as defined in section 100.2(kk)(1) of this Part; or (iii) off school property where such acts create or would foreseeably create a risk of substantial disruption within the school environment, where it is foreseeable that the conduct, threats, intimidation or abuse might reach school property.
New York Consolidated Laws 12. Discrimination and harassment prohibited.
- No student shall be subjected to harassment or bullying by employees or students on school property or at a school function; nor shall any student be subjected to discrimination based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex by school employees or students on school property or at a school function.