• Definition of Bullying Under Safe and Supportive Schools Act

    Bullying by definition has four key components:

    • Bullying is intimidating, threatening, abusive or hurtful conduct.
    • It is objectively offensive.
    • The conduct involves an imbalance of power and is repeated or
    • The conduct materially and substantially interferes with a student’s education or ability to participate in school activities.
    This definition creates two distinct categories of bullying:

    • Bad behavior that involves an imbalance of power and pattern or
    • Bad behavior that significantly affects a student’s ability to participate in school, classes, or events.