Bullying can result in substantial long-term negative impacts for the victim, the bully, the school’s learning environment, and society as a whole. Rather than being an uncommon occurrence, bullying is, sadly, as much a part of schools as are tests, homework and basketball.
Kentucky Youth Advocates conducted a comprehensive analysis of how the state addresses bullying in the school system. In 2008 we supported passage of a bill which requires the state Department of Education to craft discipline guidelines. The bill also requires local school authorities to alert law enforcement when school harassment involves a potential felony.