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:
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).