"An Act relating to harassment, intimidation, and bullying in schools. "
Section 1: Amends state law dealing with school safety and discipline by adding a new section Article 4 Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying. The new Article 4 has five subsections:
Sec. 14.33.200: Harassment, intimidation, and bullying policy.
(a) Requires school districts to adopt a policy on harassment, intimidation, and bullying by July 1, 2007 and share this policy with parents or guardians, students, volunteers, and school employees.
(b) Outlines the policy adoption process, policy emphasis and other requirements to be included in the new policy.
(c) Requires the Department of Education to provide model policy to school districts by January 1, 2007. This will give school districts six months to adopt policy as required by (a).
Sec. 14.33.210: Reporting of incidences of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
Beginning with the 2007-2008 school year, each school district shall report to the Department all incidences involving harassment, intimidation, or bullying. The Department will then take all the data and report it to the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Sec. 14.33.220: Reporting; no reprisals.
(a) A school employee, student, or volunteer is not allowed to engage in reprisal, retaliation, or false accusation against a victim or a witness.
(b) A school employee, student, or volunteer who has witnessed, or has harassment information is encouraged to report the incident to an appropriate school official.
Sec. 14.33.223: Immunity from suit.
Any school employee, student, or volunteer who promptly reports an incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying to an appropriate school official is immune from a cause of action for damages arising.
Sec. 14.33.250: Definitions.
Provides definitions of "district" and "harassment, intimidation, or bullying".