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Title IX AttorneyFour Frequently Asked Questions About Bullying

Have you experienced bullying in your high school or at your college or university?  Under Title IX, you have a right not to be bullied and your school must protect you by preventing the bullying harassment and stopping any harassment that does occur.  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about bullying.

1.    What is Bullying?

There’s not one single definition of “bullying[1].” Bullying may be physical (hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing), verbal (taunting, teasing, name calling, threatening), or psychological (spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, or leaving you out of social activities). Although definitions of bullying vary, most agree that bullying involves:

2.     What is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber bullying[2] refers to electronic bullying through e-mails, instant messaging, cell phones, web pages, blogs, chat rooms, Facebook, Myspace or other information communication technologies. Unlike traditional bullying:

3.      What Is Your School Required To Do If You Are Bullied?

An anti-bullying policy does not mean your school’s work is done. Even if it has policies in place that prohibit bullying and harassment, your school is responsible for investigating, ending, and preventing harassment.  Each school district is required, by law, to have policies and practices in place as well as designated individuals to handle complaints.  In the state of Connecticut, there’s an anti-bullying statute, in addition to federal law, that must be applied to protect you from bullying and harassment.  An experienced Title IX attorney can explain how these different laws can be applied to protect you.

4.    What if You Are Bullied Based Upon Sexual Orientation or Identity?

According to a 2013 biennial national survey by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) about LGBT students’ experiences[4]:

If you’ve been bullied based upon sexual orientation, identity, or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of male or female, Title IX’s sex discrimination prohibition extends to your claims.

Contact National Title IX Attorneys

If you have been bullied or harassed at school or at a school-sponsored event, call the experienced Title IX attorneys at Duffy Law as soon as possible to discuss your situation. You can reach them by calling 203-946-2000.

References

[1] https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/

[2] http://cyberbullying.org/what-is-cyberbullying/

[4] http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/10/22/3583011/glsen-bullying-study-2013/

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