Outline of the state of Maryland
Enumerates protected groups, including explicit protections for LGBTQ youth

Bullying Protections for Enumerated Groups

Bullying Protections for Enumerated Groups

State law enumerates protected classes, including explicit protections for LGBTQ youth.

Maryland Code 7-424. Reporting incidents of harassment or intimidation against students

(a) Definitions. --

  • (1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

  • (2) "Bullying, harassment, or intimidation" means intentional conduct, including verbal, physical, or written conduct, or an intentional electronic communication, that:

  • (i) Creates a hostile educational environment by substantially interfering with a student's educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a student's physical or psychological well-being and is:

    1. Motivated by an actual or a perceived personal characteristic including race, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry, physical attributes, socioeconomic status, familial status, or physical or mental ability or disability;
    1. Sexual in nature, including descriptions or depictions of a student with the student's intimate parts exposed or while engaged in an act of sexual contact; or
    1. Threatening or seriously intimidating; and
  • (ii)

    1. Occurs on school property, at a school activity or event, or on a school bus; or
    1. Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a school.
  • (3) "Electronic communication" means a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager.

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