It took two years to pass this law, HB 2368, but in the end, anti bullying
activists triumphed. Nevertheless, this law is graded a B- because
its lacking in several areas - see www.bullypolice.org/grade.html.
Below is a picture collage of some of the activity from getting this law
passed. To contact the Director of Bully Police Arizona, Robin Todd,
(at) msn (dot) com.
- fuzzy picture of Donna Flanigan (chief anti bullying "educator" to lawmakers)
& Brenda High, (Donna's helper and Director of Bully Police USA).
(Check out what Bully Police USA, Inc. did in Arizona - An
Anti Bullying "Travel Log" in AZ. Also read: Why
have an Anti Bullying Law? - Answering the questions concerning enacting
- Robin Todd (Bully Police-Arizona, Director), Rep. David Bradley (House
anti bullying bill sponsor), & Jodi Lovejoy Richardson (former Bully
Picture middle/left -
Alena Lovejoy Statler (who testified, bravely, at the Arizona Senate Education
Committee hearings), with her mother Jodi beside her.
Picture middle - Donna
Flanigan (Bully Police USA Secretary), Senator Linda Gray (Senate anti
bullying bill sponsor - Linda pushed the anti bullying bill through the
Senate after which it went on to the House for final passage), and Brenda
High (read: Scottsdale
Tribune. - Mom on a Mission - What a major Arizona newspaper has to
say about bullying)
- The Ceremonial Signing of HB 2368 by Governor Janet Napolitano.
Picture bottom/left -
Jodi (with head cut out), Brenda and Governor Napolitano. In the
background are students from Tucson's Mansfeld Middle School who wrote
HB 2368 as a class project.
- Jodi (holding Alena's picture), Governor Napolitano & Robin.
policies; pupils; bullying
Representatives Bradley, Chase,
Garcia M, et al.
directs school district governing boards to adopt and enforce procedures
that prohibit pupils from harassing, intimidating and bullying other pupils.
statute allows school teachers to send pupils to the principalís office
to maintain effective discipline in the classroom. Teachers may remove
students from the classroom if a pupilís behavior seriously affects the
ability of the teacher to communicate effectively with students in the
classroom or the ability of students to learn.
statute provides that every public educational institution in the state
must adopt, post and enforce a hazing prevention policy. The hazing prevention
policy must be printed in every student handbook for distribution to parents
is currently defined as any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed
by a student, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against
another student, and in which both of the following apply:
act was committed in connection with an initiation into, an affiliation
with or the maintenance of membership in any organization that is affiliated
with an educational institution.
act contributes to a substantial risk of potential physical injury, mental
harm or degradation or causes physical injury, mental harm or personal
numerous states have statewide, anti-bullying laws.
school district governing boards to adopt and enforce procedures that prohibit
the harassment, bullying and intimidation of pupils on school grounds,
school property, school buses, school bus stops and at school sponsored
events and activities. The procedures must contain the following:
process that allows pupils to report incidents of harassment, intimidation
or bullying to school officials.
for the parents or guardians of pupils to submit written reports concerning
harassment, intimidation or bullying to school officials.
that school district employees report suspected harassment, intimidation
process for the documentation and investigation of reported incidents of
harassment, intimidation or bullying.
process for an investigation of suspected incidents of harassment, intimidation
procedures for students admitting to, or who are found guilty of, committing
harassment, intimidation or bullying.
that provides consequences for submitting false reports of harassment,
intimidation or bullying.
school district and school district employees to those groups that are
immune from civil liability for the consequences of adoption and implementation
of policies and procedures regarding school district governing board requirements
under Section 15-341, subsection A and the discretionary powers of school
district governing boards under Section 15-342, unless guilty of gross
negligence or intentional misconduct.
and conforming changes.
Regular Session 2 April 15, 2005
by the Governor April 20, 2005