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"Bullying" occurs when you are repeatedly harassed or intimidated by another student. Bullying includes threats and nasty remarks as well as physical actions like pushing or hitting, written conduct, and damaging your property. It is considered bullying if the other student's words or actions prevent you from doing well in school or enjoying after-school activities, or if the conduct substantially interferes with your physical or psychological well-being. Bullying also includes electronic communication, such as that transmitted by a landline telephone, cell phone, computer, or pager. This is often referred to as "cyber-bullying." Bullying is conduct that occurs on school property, at a school activity or event, or on a school bus. Conduct that occurs in other places is also considered to be bullying if it substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a school.
This article outlines the rights of students and the types of discipline that can be imposed.
Here is the procedure for school discipline outlined in Maryland law.
This article lists links to local county school handbooks.
Maryland law requires all children between the ages of 5 and 16 who live in this state to attend school unless excused with a lawful absence.
This article outlines the types of offenses that a student may be disciplined for in schools.
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