Idaho lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill aimed at bullying

Idaho lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill aimed at bullying
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - New legislation introduced in the Idaho Senate Wednesday aims to strengthen the state's anti-bullying law.

The bill, sponsored by four Republicans and two Democrats, would add "cyber-bullying" and its definition to the existing law.

The proposed legislation would define Cyber-bullying as "the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate and hostile behavior by an individual or group of students or minors involved in a school-related activity that is intended to harm a student. Such act of harassment, intimidation or bullying may be committed through the use of a landline, car phone or wireless telephone or through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer system."

The bill also seeks to strengthen whether or not a violation of the bullying law is a criminal infraction.

Currently, the law says that a violation "may" be an infraction. The bill would change that to say it "shall" be one.

The proposed bill would also require school districts to take stronger action to intervene on behalf of students facing harassment or bullying.

Read more about the bill here.