FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) - A new law recently passed requires training and certain new procedures for staff and students in what to do if bullying incidents occur in schools.
24-Hour News 8 news partner The Daily Journal reports under the law, staff and students will be required to report bullying to administrators. Students will also be able to report it anonymously. One tool called Safe Schools will be offered as a way for people to report bullying on the school district's website anonymously.
Staff will need to report it the same school day and the investigation will also begin that day. If a staff member fails to report an incident, they may be reprimanded, suspended or terminated.
Counseling for bullied students will be offered and an education course will be required for the bullies to prevent the incident from happening again. Some form of punishment is also possible, depending on the nature of the incident.
Each incident will be reported to the state at the end of each school year.
Officials say bullying is when one child either harms, humiliates or harasses another child more than once. A fight among friends is considered a conflict.
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