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An Overview of State Anti-Bullying Legislation and Other Related Laws


Dena Sacco


Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Katharine Baird Silbaugh


Boston University - School of Law

Felipe Corredor


Harvard University

June Casey


Harvard Law School Library

Davis Doherty


Harvard University

February 23, 2012

Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2013-4

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As a part of its collaboration with the Born This Way Foundation, the Berkman Center is publishing a series of papers that synthesize existing peer-reviewed research or equivalent scholarship and provide research-grounded insight to the variety of stakeholders working on issues related to youth empowerment and action towards creating a kinder, braver world. This series, called the The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series (Danah Boyd and John Palfrey, editors), is presented by the Born This Way Foundation & the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and supported by the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
 The first set of papers, which were intended to provide insights to the new foundation, involved topics related to Youth Meanness and Cruelty.

This document provides an overview, as of January 2012, of existing state anti-bullying laws, pending state and federal anti-bullying legislation, and other relevant federal and state laws. It is meant to inform the discussion of legal policy issues around bullying, in particular at the Symposium on Youth Meanness and Cruelty being held at Harvard Law School on February 29, 2012 as part of the Kinder & Braver World Project.

This document, including the Tables in Appendix 1, was created by analyzing the anti-bullying laws of the 48 states with such laws, as well as reviewing pending legislation and related laws. The document and tables break out provisions of the state statutes that the authors consider important to engender positive cross-disciplinary discussion at the Symposium. The language in the state statutes is incredibly varied and complex, and this area of the law is constantly evolving. Many additional areas of inquiry are sure to arise at the Symposium and beyond. Thus, this document is a working draft.

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Date posted: January 11, 2013  

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Sacco, Dena and Baird Silbaugh, Katharine and Corredor, Felipe and Casey, June and Doherty, Davis, An Overview of State Anti-Bullying Legislation and Other Related Laws (February 23, 2012). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2013-4. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2197961 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2197961

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Dena Sacco (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
23 Everett Street
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Katharine Baird Silbaugh
Boston University - School of Law ( email )
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
United States
Felipe Corredor
Harvard University ( email )
1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
June A. Casey
Harvard Law School Library ( email )
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Davis Doherty
Harvard University ( email )
1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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