Cyberbullying

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 social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or TikTok.)

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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