Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Youth

An Evaluation of Bullying and Harassment in Indiana Schools

Authors

Keywords:

bullying, harassment, case law, culture, safety

Abstract

Students in the present educational landscape are experiencing issues of bullying and harassment at an alarming level. A primary duty of a school administrator is to ensure the safety of all students from the repercussions of unattended to bullying and harassment issues, which has become a significant challenge with the increase in remote education and internet access of youths around the globe. This article will first discuss key federal anti-bullying and harassment laws to provide a background of the nation’s present stance on the issue, along with a narrowed examination of key anti-bullying and harassment laws in Indiana. Recommendations for school administrators to prevent bullying and harassment cases and to remediate school culture challenges will follow.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

Author Biography

Alexandrea Horton, Governors State University

ALEXANDREA HORTON, EdD, is English Department Chair at Crown Point High School and Concurrent Enrollment Board Member for Purdue University Northwest. Her major research interests lie in federal and state education policy influence, policy implementation strategies, and dual credit partnerships. Email: ahorton8611@gmail.com

References

Ali, R.. (2010). Guidance on schools’ obligations to protect students from student-on-student harassment on the basis of sex; race, color, and national origin; and disability. U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201010.pdf

Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. (1990). https://www.ada.gov/pubs/adastatute08.htm

Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). https://www.oyez.org/cases/1940-1955/347us483

Burns Ind. Code Ann. § 20-19-3-11.5 (2018)

Burns Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-8-0.2 (2013)

Civil Rights Act of 1964, Pub. L. No. 88-352, 78 Stat. 241 (1964). https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/STATUTE-78/pdf/STATUTE-78-Pg241.pdf

Davis v. Board of Education, 526 U.S. 629 (1999). https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/526/629/#tab-opinion-1960493

Justia. (2018, April). Title VI. https://www.justia.com/education/title-vi/

Kimmel, A. (2017). Litigation bullying cases: Holding school districts and official accountable. Public Justice Impact Change. https://www.publicjustice.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Bullying-Litigation-Primer-Fall-2017-Update-FINAL.pdf

M.P. v. Independent School District No. 721, 200 F. Supp. 2d 1036 (8th Cir. 2002). https://casetext.com/case/mp-v-independent-school-district-no-721

National Education Association. (2012, October 8). Nation’s educators continue push for safe, bully-free environments [Press Release]. http://www.nea.org/home/53298.htm

N. et al. v. Franklin Community School District and Board of School Trustees of the Franklin Community School Corporation, No. 1:2019cv01922 - Document 30 (S.D. Ind. 2019). https://cases.justia.com/federal/district-courts/indiana/insdce/1:2019cv01922/94702/30/0.pdf?ts=1568279951

Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (1972) http://www.justice.gov/crt/title-ix-education-amendments-1972

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 701 et seq. (1973) https://www.dol.gov/agencies/oasam/centers-offices/civil-rights-center/statutes/section-504-rehabilitation-act-of-1973

United State Environmental Protection Agency. (2017, June 9). Title IX of the education amendments act of 1972. https://www.epa.gov/ocr/title-ix-education-amendments-act-1972#:~:text=Related%20Topics%3A-,Title%20IX%20of%20the%20Education%20Amendments%20Act%20of%201972,activity%20receiving%20Federal%20financial%20assistance.

U.S. Department of Education. (2020, May 6). Secretary DeVos takes historic action to strengthen Title IX protections for all students [Press Release]. https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-devos-takes-historic-action-strengthen-title-ix-protections-all-students

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2017, September 26). Indiana anti-bullying laws & policies. https://www.stopbullying.gov/resources/laws/indiana

Vossekuil, B., Fein, R., Reddy, M., Borum, R., & Modzeleski, W. (2004). The Final report and findings of the safe school initiative: Implications for the prevention of school attacks in the United States. United States Secret Service and United States Department of Education. https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/preventingattacksreport.pdf

Zeno v. Pine Plains Central School District, 702 F.3d 655 (2nd Cir. 2012). https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-2nd-circuit/1616806.html

Additional Files

Published

2022-03-28

How to Cite

Horton, A. (2022). Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Youth: An Evaluation of Bullying and Harassment in Indiana Schools. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 11(1), 43–55. Retrieved from https://ojed.org/index.php/jise/article/view/3764