David's Law is was enacted to protect Texas children from Cyberbullying. It provides for schools to collaborate with law enforcement when serious or life-threatening cyberbullying situations arise.
Senate Bill 179, also known as David's Law was signed into effect in 2017. The Texas Law requires school districts to include cyberbullying in their district bullying policies and to notify a child's parent if he or she is a victim or alleged aggressor of bullying.
Irion County has anonymous reporting boxes located in all bathrooms in the elementary and high school buildings.
Find out more about David's Law HERE.DefinitionsBullying occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength... Remember the definition of bullying includes "repeatedly, over time." Please don't mislabel a child's lack of social skills as bullying. Once or twice does not a bully make.Cyber-bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others. Cyberbullying is when a Child, preteen, or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is never called cyberbullying.
Procedures for Reporting Allegations of Bullying
The district prohibits bullying on school property, at school-sponsored or school-related activities, or in any vehicle operated by the district. Bullying may be verbal or written expression or expression through electronic means, or physical conduct. Bullying is not tolerated by the district and any student or parent of a student who believes that the student or another student has experienced bullying or that a student has engaged in bullying is encouraged to immediately report the incident. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of district policy and is prohibited.
Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying, orally or in writing, to a teacher, counselor, principal or another district employee. Students or parents may contact the district to obtain an incident report form that may be used to submit the complaint or a PDF version can be downloaded here... Student Incident Report Form. Anonymous reporting boxes are in student bathrooms on the elementary and high school campuses.
Please note that after submission of the complaint to the district employee, the district may assign the complaint to a campus administrator to follow up on the submitted complaint and any other important matters pertaining to the complaint. We encourage you to communicate with your designated campus administrator during this time.More information about the district’s bullying policy can be found in the ICISD Student Code of Conduct, at https://www.irion-isd.org or a campus administration office.Texas Law Related to BullyingTexas Education Code, Chapter 37 Section 37.001 (a); Student Code of Conduct:
requires each independent school district in Texas to have a local policy
that:(7) prohibits bullying, harassment, and making hit list and ensure that
district employees enforce those prohibitions; and(8) provide, as appropriate for students at each grade level, methods,
including options, for:
(A) managing students in the classroom and on school grounds
(B) disciplining students; and
(C) preventing and intervening in student discipline problems,
harassment and making hit list.(b-1) The methods adopted under Subsection (a)(8) must provide that a student
who is enrolled in a special education program under Subchapter A, Chapter
29, may not be disciplined for conduct prohibited in accordance with
Subsection (a)(7) until an admission, review, and dismissal committee meeting
has been held to review the conduct.The requirements for prohibiting bullying, harassment, and making hit list
are quite detailed and there is also a requirement in law to require the
local school district policy to “ensure that district employees enforce those
prohibitions.”Under the requirements of 37.001 (a) (8) the school district is also required
to have specific options developed under local policy that are appropriate to
each grade level that provide for preventing and intervening in student
discipline problems, including bullying, harassment, and making hit list.Texas Education Code Chapter 25, Section 25.0342 also offers a parent an
opportunity to transfer their child to another campus if their child has been
determined by the school to have been bullied.It is important for each student to report any bullying or threats to the
nearest teacher or adult at school as soon as possible so school officials
may take appropriate action.If you have concerns about bullying meet with the campus principal to express
your concerns. If your child is receiving special education services go to
the ARD committee to focus on the problem and arrange a plan to intervene at
the campus level. For additional guidance related to addressing your
concerns, we encourage you to visit your district office for clarification.ONLINE RESOURCESThis site offers practical advice to students about ways to
respond to bullying at school.The Texas Attorney General’s Office offers information about
cyberbullying, dating violence, and other safety issues.This site provides guidance to youth for responding to acts of
cyberbullying.American Foundation for SuicidologyCovenant House Youth Crisis Hotline - 1-800-999-9999Focus Adolescent servicesNational Center for Victims of CrimeNational Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233National Mental Health AssociationNational Referral Network for Kids in CrisisNational Victim CenterTrevor Helpline for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth -1-800-850-8078