Anti-Bullying Law

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

A follow up on a bullying story we brought you Monday.
After our story aired the Dothan police found a law which protects Alabama children from bullying and harassment.
The Student Harassment Prevention Act enacted last October makes it illegal for students to harass, bully, intimidate, harm or threaten other students.
The law applies to Pre-k to 12th grade.
"It's stated in the law that it does cover any kind of electronic transmissions. To make it a criminal case it would come under harassment which means 90 days in jail or $6,000 fine,” says Sgt. Benny Baxley, Dothan Police Department.
To file a complaint of harassment it must be in writing and submitted by the affected student or parent to the local police department.


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  • by Sharon Location: Mobile on Oct 19, 2010 at 05:26 PM
    PARENTS TAKE RESPONSIBLITY AND BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR CHILDREN. my child is being bullied and I am doing my level best to get something legally done about it. I have a meeting in the morning with the school. I have contacted the school board as well as the District Attorney's Office. I will stop at nothing to see this kid is prosecuted to the fullest he can be by the Alabama Bullying Law. lets see if it works. Please pray for us and for my son. he doesn't want to return to school.
  • by joey Location: dothan on Aug 18, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    Well if a fly gets on your child's nose and you want to shoot it off then go ahead. Do you really want children in prison? It doesnt even work for adults. The law was passed so someone can make more money by putting others in prison. If a good old fashioned butt whuppin wouldnt work what makes someone think that spending time with other children who have bullied or been in fights will make them ok? Chances are they will just learn more bad things when they are put around bad people. Spank their butts and send them to church. If you dont believe in church then send them somewhere where there are good, kind, loving people, not somewhere where they are sure to learn more bad things. And maybe we arent in Mayberry but if we give up now we will never be anywhere close to being that peaceful again. I hope none of yall are quitters when it comes to trying to be peaceful.
  • by Eugene Finn Location: Ozark, AL on Aug 18, 2010 at 07:14 AM
    The first person must not have had a child be a victim of school bullying. By potential jail time and a criminal record, maybe more parents would be more proactive in the discipline of their children. This is probably the most proactive and forward thinking I have seen since moving to this state 6 months ago.
  • by Donna Location: Coffee County on Aug 18, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    A 'good old fashioned paddling' would probably work wonders if 'children' still harrassed each other by dipping their braids in the inkwell or switching their brylcream for motor oil...however, in the real world of today, harassment ranges from annoying (name-calling) to dangerous (fighting, suicide, etc.). So, if other 'children' harass or threaten your child, feel free to handle it with whatever 'good old fashioned' remedies you choose, but don't condemn the rest of us for seeking harsher punishments to protect our children. Most parents today realize that we're not living in the era of 'Mayberry' or 'Old Yeller' even if this is Alabama. Nostalgia is great, but not as a replacement for reality. And sometimes using the shotgun not only takes care of the fly on the nose, but discourages other flies from trying to land there. To protect my kids from bullies? I'll take the shotgun over Lassie every time...
  • by joey Location: dothan on Aug 17, 2010 at 07:38 PM
    90 days in jail seems a little much for children. A good old fashioned paddling at school followed up by a whipping at home and the authorities staying out of it after that has worked wonders over the years. They might as well suggest using a shotgun to shoot the fly off someone's nose.
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