Bullying Is Against the Law in Kentucky
April 3, 2013
In 2008 three statutes were enacted in Kentucky targeting bullying by students. These statutes seek to hold bullies accountable under the law. Many people are unaware that there are legal remedies for victims of bullying, and that most types of bullying are criminal. Moreover, school officials are legally required to prevent bullying and may also be held accountable if they fail to do so.
KRS 525.070 states that a person is guilty of harassment when, with the intent to intimidate, harass, annoy or alarm another person, he or she, being enrolled as a student in a local school district, and while on school premises, on school-sponsored transportation, or at a school-sponsored event, a student does one of the following: (1) Damages or commits a theft of the property of another student, (2) substantially disrupts the operation of the school, or (3) Creates a hostile environment by means of any gestures, written communications, oral statements, or physical acts that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know would cause another student to suffer fear of physical harm, intimidation, humiliation, or embarrassment.
KRS 525.080 includes communication via the Internet or other form of electronic communication in its definition of harassing communication. A student is guilty of harassing communications when he or she communicates while enrolled as a student in a local school district, with or about another student, another or otherwise, in a manner which a reasonable person under the circumstances should know would cause the other student to suffer fear of physical harm, intimidation, humiliation, or embarrassment and which serves no purpose of legitimate communication.
If you have questions about bullying laws in Kentucky or your child has been a victim of bullying, Contact us today for free confidential legal advice. As a mother of three young children, I am dedicated to putting a stop to bullying in our schools.