By LIBBY CLUETT | firstname.lastname@example.org
As the 2012-13 school year draws near, parents and students can take note of a new policy that intends to curb bullying and make campuses a safer learning environment.
Beginning this year, a relatively new Texas Education Agency statute requires districts implement a policy prohibiting bullying, harassment, retaliation and threats to student welfare and safety. The policy mainly pertains to bullying actions occurring on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity or in a school district-operated vehicle.
The state defines bullying as exploitation of an imbalance of power or strength between a student perpetrator and a student victim. It occurs when an individual is exposed – repeatedly and over time – to unwanted, negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, through written or verbal expression or physical conduct.
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