Bullying and hazing defined

The State Board of Education has approved a rule that defines bullying and hazing so students know exactly what is unacceptable. The rule forbids any coerced act of a sexual nature and targets physical acts such as whipping, beating, branding, calisthenics, bruising and electric shocking. As well as consumption of food, liquor or drugs. It also addresses “cyberbullying” through the use of the Internet or cell phones, and social aggression such as rumor spreading and name calling. Fred Duersch, president of the Logan School Board, said he was picked on as a child for being overweight and would never want any student to feel scared at school. “I’ve experienced it firsthand,” he said. “I want the learning environment to be free of harassment.” School districts have until Dec. 1 to implement a bullying and hazing policy.

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