Wednesday, August 1, 2012

AB 1732: Clarification of Cyberbullying Law

AB 1732, which was chaptered on July 23, 2012, clarifies existing law related to disciplining a student for cyberbullying.  Current law (Education Code 48900) outlines the requirements for suspending or expelling students, including discipline for bullying.  Bullying is defined as "any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, which includes, among other tings, a post on a social network Internet Web site, and including one or more acts, as specified, committed by a pupil or group of pupils, directed toward one or more pupils that has or can be reasonably predicted to have one or more specified effects."  AB 1732 identifies specific conduct that constitutes "a post on a social network Internet Web site," including creating a credible impersonation of a student and/or creating a false profile online (also known as a "burn page").  AB 1732 also notes that an electronic act does not become "pervasive conduct" merely on the basis that it has been transmitted or posted on the Internet.

For the entire text of AB 1732 click here.

Meghan Covert Russell

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