State of Tennessee
We the undersigned request a specific new state law to change educational policies related to intimidation, harassment, and bullying.
The Law & Policies Now
Tennessee code annotated 49-6-1016 and 49-6-1018 request that schools adopt certain policies for reporting and handling intimidation, harassment, and bullying. Further the law requires reporting these incidents. Public schools such as in Knox County, Tennessee even have stated in their policy: “All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy to the Principal or the principal’s designee for investigation and appropriate action. Submission of a written incident report to the principal is required by all district employees. Oral reports will also be considered official reports. Reports may be made anonymously, but formal disciplinary action may not be based solely on the basis of an anonymous report. Upon report of alleged violations, the Principal or principal designee shall promptly investigate such allegations,” (Knox County Schools JCADA).
We the undersigned request that a state law be implemented which shall state that if any school employees, teachers, administrators, volunteers, and contractors do not report all incidents of intimidation, harassment, and bullying then the said employees, teachers, administrators, volunteers, and contractors will not be immune from damages and other legal procedures, and shall be held accountable ranging from write ups placed in employee files to being fired, fined, and/or imprisoned. If the incidents of intimidation, harassment, and bullying are reported then the employees, teachers, administrators, volunteers, and contractors who do not handle the situation appropriately as stated in current state laws and school policies shall be held accountable to the same said consequences. Further, all procedures in handling employees, teachers, administrators, volunteers, and contractors who fail to report any incident of intimidation, harassment, and bullying, especially when a child is injured due to such incidents, shall be made available to the public.
The undersigned typed signatures serve the same as our legal written signatures for the purpose of this petition. Please include an email address where you can be contacted if needed when you sign the petition. Thank you.