North Carolina law spurs school system to beef-up bullying policy


By Mike Wilder
Times-News
BURLINGTON, N.C. — A new state law means the Alamance-Burlington School System will change its policy against harassment and bullying.

The change means the policy will prohibit bullying based on sexual orientation, along with other characteristics, such as race, religion, sex and physical appearance.

The North Carolina General Assembly approved the law this year. School systems have until the end of the year to change their policies to conform to the law. The Alamance-Burlington Board of Education plans to vote on the policy change at a Dec. 7 meeting.

The proposed policy preserves some of the previous policy while adding new language.

The new policy:

 Defines bullying or harassment as behavior that causes a student or school employee to fear harm or damage to belongings, or that creates a “hostile” environment.

 Says bullying and harassment “includes, but is not limited to, acts reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristics, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, academic status, gender identity, physical appearance, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics.” Full story.

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