/ SECTION __. The General Assembly finds that there is no acceptable reason to bully another person. /
Amend further, as and if amended, by striking item (1) of Section 59-63-120 of the 1976 Code as contained in SECTION 1 and inserting:
/ (1) 'Harassment, intimidation, or bullying' means a gesture, an electronic communication, or a written, verbal, physical, or sexual act that is reasonably perceived to have the effect of:
(a) harming a student physically or emotionally or damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of personal harm or property damage; or
(b) insulting or demeaning a student or group of students causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school
(c) being motivated by any differentiating characteristic real, perceived, or implied, or being motivated by association with a person who has one or more of these characteristics. /
Amend further, as and if amended, Section 59-63-140(B)(5) of the 1976 Code, as contained in SECTION 2, page 3, beginning on line 10, by striking / The principal shall inform the parents or guardians of all students involved in the alleged incident, and may discuss, as appropriate, the availability of counseling and other intervention services. /
/ The principal shall inform the parents or guardians of all students involved in the alleged incident, as appropriate and with consideration of the victim's privacy, and may discuss, as appropriate, the availability of supportive counseling. /
Amend further, as and if amended, by adding a new section to be appropriately numbered to read:
/ SECTION __. Section 59-18-900 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 282 of 2008, is further amended by adding at the end a new subsection to read:
"(H) The annual report card for each elementary, middle, and high school of this State and each school district prepared as provided in this section shall not include the school's and district's progress and success in complying with the provisions of the Safe Schools Climate Act as contained in Article 2, Chapter 63, Title 59." /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.