What is “bullying”?

In Missouri, “bullying” means intimidation, unwanted aggressive behavior or harassment that is repetitive or is substantially likely to be repeated and (1) causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her physical safety or property; (2) substantially interferes with the educational performance, opportunities, or benefits of any student without exception; or (3) substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school.

What is “cyberbullying”?

Under Missouri law, “cyberbullying” means someone is “bullying” another person through the use of an electronic communication such as a text message, a picture text, or a facebook status.

Where do you go if you are being bullied?

Each school district in Missouri is required to have an anti-bullying policy. School district employees are required under Missouri law to report any instance of bullying and the school’s administration should investigate the report. Go to a trusted school district employee or your local counselor.

What are some examples of cyberbullying?

Examples of cyberbullying include: sending images of an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend in the nude; posting videos of yourself “calling out” others by calling them names and embarrassing them; and/or texting someone that the world would be better without him or her.

What consequences are there for those who are bullying?

You can be charged with a felony for bullying if your harassment causes “emotional distress” to another person. This can include prison time and thousands of dollars in fines.

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