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Andres Law Anti Bully Justice

Current Laws State that children under 12 cannot be charged with a criminal offence to matter how bad they hurt another either mentally or physically. They can bully or harass others as much as they want and there is nothing the police can do to stop it. They state that the schools have to deal with these issues however the schools conduct is not enough. Bullying is worse than ever. We need to take a stand to protect our children. To allow them to have a safe school zone. We believe laws need to change schools claim there is zero tolerance however this just is not true. They arent doing enough to end this problem. We are hoping with these new laws all children will be protected from this issue.

SYNOPSIS - Requires school districts, Police to adopt harassment and bullying prevention and Punishment policies. And Criminal Laws For children between 7 and 12 years old.
What we are asking for:

An Act concerning the adoption of harassment and bullying prevention and punishment policies by catholic school districts. :
1. The Legislature finds and declares that: a safe and civil environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards; harassment, intimidation or bullying, like other
disruptive or violent behaviours, is conduct that disrupts both a student's ability to learn and a school's ability to educate its students in a safe environment; and since students learn by example, school
administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers should be commended for demonstrating appropriate behaviour, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment, intimidation or
bullying.
2. As used in this act:
"Harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any gesture or written, verbal or physical act that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, colour, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory handicap, or by any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function or on a school bus or off school property and that:
a. a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of harming a student or damaging the student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his person or damage to his property; or
b. has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students in such a way as to cause substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.
3. a. Each school district shall adopt a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying on school property, at a school-sponsored function or on a school bus. The school district shall attempt to adopt the policy through a process that includes representation of parents or guardians, school employees, volunteers, students, administrators, and community representatives.
b. A school district shall have local control over the content of the policy, except that the policy shall contain, at a minimum, the following components:
(1) a statement prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying of a student;
(2) a definition of harassment, intimidation or bullying no less inclusive than that set forth in section 2 of this act;
(3) a description of the type of behaviour expected from each student;
(4) consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who commits an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying;
(5) a procedure for reporting an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying, including a provision that permits a person to report an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying anonymously; however, this shall not be construed to permit formal disciplinary action solely on the basis of an anonymous report;
(6) a procedure for prompt investigation of reports of violations and complaints, identifying either the principal or the principal's designee as the person responsible for the investigation;
(7) the range of ways in which a school will respond once an incident of harassment, intimidation or bullying is identified;
(8) a statement that prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying and the consequence and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation;
(9) consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person found to have falsely accused another as a means of retaliation or as a means of harassment, intimidation or bullying; and
(10) a statement of how the policy is to be publicized, including notice that the policy applies to participation in school-sponsored functions.

(11) A change in current policies using 3 strikes your out. Meaning after 3 bullying offences the child must be suspended for at least 1-20 days. And the Police will be notified and charges may be filed

(12) Schools must notify parents of all children involved of these issues immediately,

(13) Schools much apply a buddies system and peer counselling group for children involved.

(14) Police can bring charges against a child between the ages of 7 and 12 if the are bullying another child.

(15) Schools must document all issues regarding bullying permantly in school records.

(16) Schools must revise their current code of conduct to be able to provide the new rules and guidelines
(17) Bystanders Rule: If someone witnesss the bullying and fails to report it or lies to protect the bully they will receive the same punishments as the bullies.

(18) The police must revise their code of conduct to reflect the new laws.

(19) Schools and Police must take more of a proactive role in schools to teach children the effects of bullying.
(20) If a staff member fails to report an incident they will receive a punishment of 2 day suspension with out pay to losing their job.
c. A school district shall adopt a policy and transmit a copy of its policy to the appropriate superintendent of schools by March 1st 2011
d. To assist school districts in developing policies for the prevention of harassment, intimidation or bullying, the Commissioner of Education shall develop a model policy applicable to grades kindergarten through 12. This model policy shall be issued no later than May 1 2011
e. Notice of the school district's policy shall appear in any publication of the school district that sets forth the comprehensive rules, procedures and standards of conduct for schools within the school district, and in any student handbook.
4. a. A school employee, student or volunteer shall not engage in reprisal, retaliation or false accusation against a victim, witness or one with reliable information about an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying.
b. A school employee, student or volunteer who has witnessed, or has reliable information that a student has been subject to, harassment, intimidation or bullying shall report the incident to the appropriate school official designated by the school district's policy.
c. A school employee who promptly reports an incident of harassment, intimidation or bullying, to the appropriate school official designated by the school district's policy, and who makes this report in compliance with the procedures in the district's policy, is immune from a cause of action for damages arising from any failure to remedy the reported incident.
5. a. Schools and school districts are encouraged to establish bullying prevention programs, and other initiatives involving school staff, students, administrators, volunteers, parents, law enforcement and community members.
b. To the extent funds are appropriated for these purposes, a school district shall: (1) provide training on the school district's harassment, intimidation or bullying policies to school employees and volunteers who have significant contact with students; and (2) develop a process for discussing the district's harassment, intimidation or bullying policy with students.
c. Information regarding the school district policy against harassment, intimidation or bullying shall be incorporated into a school's employee training program.
6. This act shall not be interpreted to prevent a victim from seeking redress under any other available law either civil or criminal. This act does not create or alter any tort liability.
7. A school district that incurs additional costs due to the implementation of the provisions of this act shall apply to the Commissioner of Education for reimbursement.
8. Schools must work with Police to be proactive in helping children deal with bullying
9. Police must adopt and use the 3 strike system along with the school
10. Schools and Police must use the 3 strike system. Meaning once there have been 3 bullying offences a suspension must be handed down between 1-20 days. And if necessary expulsion, or criminal charges. If the bullying continues criminal charges can be pressed against the accused. With a punishment ranging from community service and counseling to 2 years incarcerated Schools and Police must revise their guidelines and laws to use more effective strategies to prevent bullying or to punish bullying. And helping the victims of bullying.
(11)Once bullying is recognized Schools must provide a buddies system and peer counseling, and reporting methods for students so they feel safe asking for help. Without other students knowing. Whether it be the happy face notes (each child is given a paper with a Happy face angry face sad face the circle the one that represents how they feel, the teachers take them and if they see one thats not happy they ask a student to go run an errand and that student can then go to the office without the others knowing why.) There are many other method possible. Schools may use what they feel is best.
(12) Schools and Police must provide training to all staff and students to be more proactive in dealing with bullying
(13) This act will effect all children between 7 and 12 it will clearly state that if a child knowingly causes harm to another on a regular basis over 3 times if verbal or one time if physical they will be charged with a criminal offense, With punishments ranging from community service to counselling and or incarceration up to 2 years.
8. This act shall take effect immediately.


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Ola SawyerBy:
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Board of Education,Ontario Provincial Police, Ontario Government,Dalton McGuinty, Premier

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