|Raine Fox ~ June 2nd|
February 26, 2009
Effective January 1, 2009, a new law, Assembly Bill (AB 86), resulted in the addition of a new Education Code 48900 (r). The new code was made available to school districts throughout the state of
AB 86 specifies that bullying means “One or more acts by a pupil or group of pupils directed against another pupil that constitutes sexual harassment, hate violence, or severe or pervasive intentional harassment, threats, or intimidation that is disruptive, causes disorder, and invades the rights of others by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment, and includes acts that are committed personally or by means of an electronic act.”
This bill gives school officials grounds to suspend a pupil or recommend a pupil for exclusion for bullying, including but not limited to bullying by an electronic act.
An electronic act includes but is not limited to text messages, emails, web postings, videos, videos sent from one phone to another and My Space postings.