The Jamari Terrell Williams Student Bullying Prevention Act has been signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey; it became effective on June 1, 2018.
This new Act replaces the Anti-Harassment Policy that had previously been adopted by school systems throughout the state of Alabama.
What bullying can look like in elementary school
- Bullies in elementary school are more likely to pick on children younger than themselves.
- Bullying is often physical in nature
- The intention of bullying behavior is purposeful, rather than accidental
- The goal is to gain control over another child through physical or verbal aggression
- Physical bullying: hitting, kicking, pinching, etc.
- Verbal bullying: name-calling, unwelcome teasing, spreading rumors, gossiping
- Social bullying: excluded from a group, threatening notes, letters, words, or actions
Symptoms that could signal a child might be a victim of bullying:
- acts moody, sullen, or withdraws from family interaction • becomes depressed • loses interest in school work, or grades drop • loses appetite or has difficulty getting to sleep • waits to use the bathroom at home • arrives home with torn clothes, unexplained bruises • asks for extra money for school lunch or supplies, extra allowance • refuses to go to school