Baltimore County, Md. schools get new anti-bullying policy

The Towson Times
The Baltimore County Board of Education on July 14 unanimously approved a new anti-bullying policy. The new policy defines acts of bullying, harassment and intimidation, and prohibits not only bullying itself, but “reprisal or retaliation against an individual who reports an act of bullying, harassment or intimidation.”

County public school policies had already prohibited “extortion or taking money or possessions from another student(s) by threat or causing fear or intimidation,” as well as “physical attack(s) on a student” and threat(s) on individuals.”

The existing policies did not, however, define or use the word “bullying.”

Baltimore County Public Schools, along with public school systems statewide, were required to develop anti-bullying policies based upon a model policy created by the state Board of Education.
The creation of the state board’s model was mandated by the Maryland General Assembly in July 2008. Full story.

Maryland school district updating bullying policy

WBAL TV
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — Anne Arundel County has joined a growing list of school districts making major changes to their bullying policies in response to a new Maryland mandate.

The recent death of 14-year-old Christopher Jones, of Crofton, also shed some light on the subject. Relatives told police that bullying is why they had transferred the teen to a different county high school.

County school officials said the revised policy has been in the works for some time and that they hope it’ll help address recent concerns related to bullying. They said they’re confident that with those changes, the policy will give students and administrators more authority to deal with bullying complaints. Full story.

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Maryland county schools get new bullying, harassment policy

Erin Cunningham
The Herald-Mail
WASHINGTON COUNTY — The Washington County Board of Education approved a policy Tuesday that clarifies what bullying is and how it will be dealt with in the county’s schools.

Officials who were involved in drafting the policy described it as a step toward creating an atmosphere of civility in schools and throughout the county.

The school board approved the policy 5-0, with board members Paul W. Bailey and William H. Staley absent.

A law was passed during the 2008 Maryland General Assembly legislative session requiring the Maryland State Department of Education to develop a model policy prohibiting bullying, harassment and intimidation in schools. Full story.

New bullying policy for Baltimore Co. schools

By Jay R. Thompson
Owings Mills Times
Baltimore County Public Schools likely will have a revised policy against harassment in place by the time school begins in the fall after an anti-bullying policy was presented to the Board of Education at a May 19 work session.

County officials, however, say the policy is essentially just a tweak in what they have been doing for years.

“The bullying is not a new issue, a new policy for us is,” said board member Frances Harris.

In July 2008, the Maryland General Assembly directed the state Board of Education to develop a model policy against bullying. The state board did so in February, and now school boards across the state must follow suit. <a title="New policy for Baltimore Co. schools. Full story.

Maryland BOE oks anti-bullying policy

By Rachelle Brown
Washington Examiner
The first Maryland policy to stop bullying in public schools was approved Tuesday by the Maryland State Board of Education. Maryland’s Model Anti-Bullying, Harrassment and Intimidation Policy creates a definition of bullying and requires each school system to submit a copy of its anti-bullying policies to the state superintendent by July 1. Full story.