Texas Schools, Bullying, and the Law

Video Update Notice

During the regular session of the 85th Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 179 "David's Law," was passed and signed into law effective September 1, 2017. Senate Bill 179 amends Texas Education Code, Section 37.0832, Section 12.104 (b) and several other statutes. The newly enacted law relates to harassment, bullying and cyberbullying of a public school student, a charter school student or a minor and encouraging certain mental health programs for public school students; increasing a criminal penalty, providing a civil remedy.

We are currently updating this video and our other bullying resources to reflect changes in statutes that go into effect September 1, 2017. While this video is being updated, we ecourage you to review the resources below.

Download Senate Bill 179 Full Text
Download SB 179 'David's Law' Overview for Schools

Updated Bullying Checklist (Sept 2017)

The Texas School Safety Center has developed a bullying/cyberbullying checklist to assist schools in determining if an action or actions constitute bullying and/or cyberbullying for the purpose of complying with Texas Education Code and other related statutes. The updated bullying checklist can be accessed below.

Download Bullying Checklist (B&W Print Version)
Download Bullying Checklist (Full Color Version)