The Good Stuff
Sacramento San Francisco
1) Develop a Bullying Policy and make
sure it is distributed amongst parents
2) Provide accessible resources about
bullying and support for students who
may be victims.
3) Make “cyber” bullying a focus - ensure
that parents understand the
technology and how it is being used.
4) Deal with reports, rumors and other
evidence of bullying immediately.
5) Provide immediate support to victims
rather than just focusing on remedial
action for those who were the
perpetrators of the bullying behavior.
The California Legislature has taken steps to protect a certain class of students.
Assembly Bill 9 (AB 9), known as “Seth’s Law,” was enacted to focus on the
most common targets of bullying: lesbian, gay,, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
AB 9 had predecessors, but differs since it includes speciﬁc requirements that
must be met by school districts.These requirements include:
➡ Education Code Section 234 now protects student victims from not
only discrimination and harassment, but also “intimidation and bullying
based on actual or perceived characteristics” including a student’s
disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or sexual
➡ Any school personnel who witness acts of discrimination, harassment,
intimidation or bullying “must take immediate steps to intervene when
safe to do so.”
➡ Schools must “set up a timeline to investigate and resolve” complaints,
as well as implement an appeals process.
➡ AB 9 does not prohibit teachers and school ofﬁcials from taking some
sort of action to intervene for activity that may take place off-campus.
➡ School districts must post and annually update support resources for
pupils who have been subject to school-based discrimination,
harassment, intimidation or bullying on their website.
➡ Assembly Bill 746 (2011) - Language includes student behaviors on
social networking sites.
➡ Assembly Bill 1732 adds punishments for creators of offensive burn
pages, Internet impersonations and false proﬁles.
➡ Assembly Bill 86, codiﬁed in Education Code Section 32261(g), gives
school ofﬁcials grounds to suspend a pupil or recommend a pupil for
expulsion for bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying by electronic
➡ Education Code Section 48900(a) - addressing activity of threatening to
cause physical injury.
➡ Education Code Section 48900(i) - addressing activity of committing an
obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
TheTrevor Project thetrevorproject.org
Wired Safety wiredsafety.org
AThin Line athinline.org
That’s Not Cool that’snotcool.org
Find some helpful resources below to educate
your school, parents and students alike.