Bullying is a repeated pattern of aggressive behavior that involves an imbalance of power that purposefully inflicts harm on the bullying victim (Olweus, 1993).
Bullying assumes a variety of forms, including:
Direct physical or verbal actions that cause physical or emotional distress
Indirect acts of social aggression designed to ruin a victim's personal reputation or social standing
Cyberbullying, the willful and repeated harm inflicted by using computers, cell phones, or other electronic devices
Kentucky’s anti-bullying legislation (KRS 158.156) was codified in 2008 after the passage of House Bill 91. This legislation requires the Kentucky Department of Education to provide guidance to local school districts to assist with the implementation of the law at the local level. Additionally, the legislation requires that “model policies” (bullying, code of conduct, and supervision of students) be provided to school districts.
Kentucky also has relevant laws against harassment (KRS 525.070) and cyberbullying or harassing communications (KRS 525.080).
This webpage intends to provide resources to parents, students, school teachers and staff, administrators, and the general public on recognizing bullying behaviors; providing strategies for preventing and intervening in bullying situations, and counseling for the offenders; and supporting and protecting the victims of bullying.
The Kentucky Center for School Safety is a one-stop shop for bullying resources for students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community.