Schools poised to treat bullying as a major offense on par with assault

Aug 26, 2019 by

Under proposal, schools would treat bullying as a major offense on par with assault

“The proposed rules really focuses on a proactive system of support, and ensuring there are supports in place for the victim as well as the offender.”

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – As students return to class, education officials and law enforcement are hoping to do more to crack down on bullying.

The Board of Education last week approved new rules that would elevate bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment to Class A offenses, like assault, burglary and illicit drug use.

The revised discipline code, which still needs approval from Gov. David Ige, also says school investigations must be completed within five days and action taken as soon as possible.

The punishment depends on the principal.

“The proposed rules really focuses on a proactive system of support, and ensuring there are supports in place for the victim as well as the offender,” said Sheli Suzuki, DOE education specialist.

“We want to ensure they’re being educated and given the appropriate supports to do well in school.”

If the governor accepts the new rules, they would go into effect on Jan. 1.

Source: Schools poised to treat bullying as a major offense on par with assault

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    Kudos to Hawaii Schools for their courage in taking a stand against the pervading bullying illness that’s hurting so many kids—and adults—across the U.S. As a classroom teacher for many years I had to deal with this issue and it was not always pleasant. Most schools don’t really like to deal with the problem. Maybe the initiative of Hawaii will set an example for all school systems.

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