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Senator Andrew Rice's bill calling for a stronger, more inclusive state anti-bullying law.
Senator Andrew Rice's bill calling for a stronger, more inclusive state anti-bullying law.

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Published by: The Equality Network (TEN) on Feb 10, 2011
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 Req. No. 1254 Page 1
STATE OF OKLAHOMA1st Session of the 53rd Legislature (2011)SENATE BILL 152 By: RiceAS INTRODUCEDAn Act relating to school discipline; amendingSection 2, Chapter 149, O.S.L. 2002, as amended bySection 5, Chapter 216, O.S.L. 2008 (70 O.S. Supp.2010, Section 24-100.3), which relates to harassment,intimidation and bullying in public schools;modifying certain findings; defining cyber bullying;expanding the definition of harassment, intimidation,bullying and cyber bullying; expanding definition ofelectronic communications; amending 70 O.S. 2001,Section 6-114, as renumbered by Section 5, Chapter149, O.S.L. 2002, and as last amended by Section 6,Chapter 216, O.S.L. 2008 (70 O.S. Supp. 2010, Section24-100.4), which relates to anti-bullying policiesadopted by school districts; directing districtboards of education to adopt certain policies;providing list of items required to be included incertain policy; providing for school employees andadministrators to be included in developing certainpolicy; directing the State Board of Education todevelop a model policy; directing the State Board ofEducation to establish and maintain certainrepository; amending 70 O.S. 2001, Section 24-100, asrenumbered by Section 5, Chapter 149, O.S.L. 2002,and as last amended by Section 7, Chapter 216, O.S.L.2008 (70 O.S. Supp. 2010, Section 24-100.5), whichrelates to the Safe School Committee; modifyingcomposition of Safe School Committee; providing aneffective date; and declaring an emergency.BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:
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SECTION 1. AMENDATORY Section 2, Chapter 149, O.S.L.2002, as amended by Section 5, Chapter 216, O.S.L. 2008 (70 O.S.Supp. 2010, Section 24-100.3), is amended to read as follows:Section 24-100.3 A. The Legislature finds that bullying has anegative effect on the social environment of schools, creates aclimate of fear among students, inhibits their ability to learn, andleads to other antisocial behavior. Bullying behavior has beenlinked to other forms of antisocial behavior, such as vandalism,shoplifting, skipping and dropping out of school, fighting, and theuse of drugs and alcohol, violence and suicide. Research has shownthat sixty percent (60%) of males who were bullies in grades sixthrough nine were convicted of at least one crime as adults, andthirty-five percent (35%) to forty percent (40%) of these formerbullies had three or more convictions by twenty-four (24) years ofage. Successful programs to recognize, prevent, and effectivelyintervene in bullying behavior have been developed and replicated inschools across the country. These schools send the message thatbullying behavior is not tolerated and, as a result, have improvedsafety and created a more inclusive learning environment.B. The purpose of the School Bullying Prevention Act is toprovide a comprehensive approach for the public schools of thisstate to create an environment free of unnecessary disruption whichis conducive to the learning process by implementing policies for
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the prevention of harassment, intimidation, and bullying and cyberbullying.C. As used in the School Bullying Prevention Act:
1. “Harassment, intimidation,
and bullying and cyber bullying
means any gesture, written or verbal expression, electroniccommunication, or physical act, including, but not limited to, one
shown to be motivated by a student’s actual or perceived race,
color, religion, national origin, ancestry or ethnicity, sexualorientation, physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability,gender, gender identity and expression, or other distinguishingpersonal characteristic, or based on association with any personidentified above, when the written, verbal or physical act orelectronic communication is intended to:a. physically harm a student or d
amage the student’s
property,b. s
ubstantially interfere with a student’s
educationalopportunities,c. be so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it createsan intimidating or threatening educationalenvironment, ord. substantially disrupt the orderly operation of theschool;that a reasonable person should know will harm another student,
damage another student’s property, place another student in

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