November 25, 2008
Students, Parents and Guardians,
It is always our intent to keep you informed of changes in policies or procedures that would directly affect you or your child. During the last legislative session, the General Assembly passed House Bill 91 (often referred to as the “Golden Rule Bill” or the “Bullying Bill.”). This legislation is now state law and thus should be considered as an addendum to the Scott County Code of Conduct. This legislation is actually much broader than just a “Bullying Bill” and focuses on students who are victims of felony offenses as specified under Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) Chapter 508. House Bill 91 requires any employee of the board of education who has reasonable cause to believe a student has been the victim of one of these felony offenses, to make a written or oral report to the principal of the school attended by the student/victim. School and district employees shall report serious safe-school incidents, including bullying that escalate to the level of a felony offense, to the principal so that quick and effective actions can take place to ensure the safety and well-being of all students.
When the Principal becomes aware of an incident, he or she has forty-eight hours to investigate and determine if the incident is a felony offense as defined under state guidelines. If the incident is a felony offense, the Principal must report it to the Superintendent or their designee and a law enforcement agency (local law enforcement, Kentucky State Police or the County Attorney). The Principal will be required to provide the following information:
§ The names and addresses of the student (victim) AND his/her parents, legal guardians,
§ The student’s (victim) age,
§ The nature and extent of the violation,
§ The name and address of the student (perpetrator) allegedly responsible for the violation: and,
§ Any other information that the principal making the report believes may be helpful in the investigation process
The agency (local law enforcement, the Kentucky State Police, or the County Attorney) that receives a report shall investigate the matter. School personnel shall participate in the investigation at the request of the agency.
School personnel will still follow current policy and procedural guidelines stated in the code of conduct for bullying/harassment not considered felonious. We feel it is important that you understand the difference between the various levels of offenses and their consequences.