Does NH’s bully law need more teeth?

Jun 25, 2018

There is a large difference between the number of students who report bullying on surveys and the number of bullying incidents administrators report to the state.

A difference in bullying reports

According to the data schools report to the Department of Education, the percentage of high school students reporting bullying to administrators has decreased by half since 2010. In the 2016-2017 school year, about 1% of students reported bullying.

Should NH allow schools to be held liable for a student’s suicide?

Nov 14, 2017

Earlier this month, the father of an MIT graduate student brought a lawsuit against the school claiming the college was responsible for his son’s death in 2009. The family says the school knew their son was a suicide risk and did nothing to prevent it. MIT says it tried to provide the student with services, but he refused as he wanted to keep his private and academic lives separate.

Should NH parents face a fine and possible jail time if their child bullies another?

Oct 17, 2017

North Tonawanda, a city in New York, recently passed a bill that allows a $250 fine and 15 days of jail time for a parent if their child is caught twice within a 90 day period outside of curfew or violating any city law, which includes bullying. The law is designed to hold parents accountable for the actions of their children.

Should NH fine parents $50 if their child bullies another student?

Dec 21, 2015

An Oklahoma lawmaker is proposing a $50 fine for parents whose children are caught bullying, or potentially breaking other rules.

Supporters argue the proposal will get parents more involved with their children's discipline. A fine also offers teachers an alternative to suspension or expulsion, which interrupts a student's education.

Court: Lawsuits no go under bully law

Sep 09, 2015

This September the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that students cannot sue schools for failing to notify parents about alleged bullying incidents.

The case came about after a Manchester student was admitted to the emergency room following an attack in the school cafeteria. Ten days earlier the student had been punched on the school bus, although the Principal had not notified the student’s parents about that incident.

Social media privacy vs. bullying

Mar 26, 2015

This week a Senate committee heard testimony on a bill that would prohibit schools from demanding access to students' social media accounts.

Privacy advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union, testified in support of the bill.

"We would never expect a school administrator to be allowed to enter a student's bedroom and look at their personal letters or look through their photo albums," said Devon Chaffee, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire. "We shouldn't allow them to do the electronic equivalent."

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