Indiana's anti-bullying law requires schools to track, report cases
Schools must also offer prevention training
Last Updated: 54 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - A key component of Indiana’s new anti-bullying law is now in effect to help curb bullying at schools across the state.
The new anti-bullying law requires that schools offer programs and training for students on bullying prevention and identification.
Danielle Green, of West Lafayette, supports the law after her 14-year-old daughter Angel killed herself last March after she was allegedly bullied at school.
"They called her whore, slut and countless other names. They told her she was worthless," Green said.
New provisions in Indiana’s anti-bullying law come after Florida authorities arrested two girls, ages 12 and 14, in the bullying-suicide case of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick.
Police said Sedwick was tormented online and at school by as many as 15 girls before she climbed a tower and jumped to her death.
Indiana’s law establishes criteria for what constitutes bullying.
"Is it causing a hostile school environment for your child? Whether it took place inside a school or out, if it's causing a hostile school environment and it’s ongoing and pervasive, then it's bullying and the school needs to step in," said David Woodward with the Indiana Department of Education.
It will be months before schools report the number of bullying cases, but officials hope that the ongoing education for kids about the effects of bullying will go far in reducing those numbers.
Indiana schools are required to report the number of bullying cases to the IDOE by next summer. Officials hope the reports will give a snapshot of how widespread bullying is in Indiana schools.
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