Bullying is a severe problem both here in the state of California and around the country. Fortunately, California has a very extensive set of anti-bullying laws. If you or your children are currently the victim of a bully in California, it is important to realize that you have protection and options at your disposal.
According to stopbullying.gov, California has anti-bullying laws that cover both the physical and cyber spaces. In the event that cyberbullying is taking place outside a school campus, California laws cover those electronic transmissions the same way as those that take place on campus.
Additionally, school districts in California are required by law to be proactive in creating an environment that does not tolerate bullying. Schools must make statements that prohibit discrimination and harassment against vulnerable groups. They also must have procedures to deal with bullying complaints, and provide ample resources for LGBTQ groups and others who are at particularly high risk of bullying.
Unfortunately, even with these very comprehensive anti-bullying laws in place, bullying is still a reality for many children and even adults. In the event that you or your child is a victim of bullying, it is imperative to document the bullying behavior and bring your complaints to the school or institution in question. By California law, the addressed institution must take steps to correct the bullying behavior. In the event that the institution in question is not taking preventative action, it may be advisable to contact a lawyer to discuss your options.
This post is intended to educate you on California anti-bullying laws. It is not intended to be taken as legal advice.