“Cyberbullying” means the use of any electronic communication device to harass, intimidate or bully.
“Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any act that:
Substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance;
Takes place on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation or at any official school bus stop;
Has the effect of:
Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property;
Knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property; or
Creating a hostile educational environment, including interfering with the psychological well-being of a student; and
May be based on, but not be limited to, the protected class status of a person.
“Protected class” means a group of persons distinguished, or perceived to be distinguished, by race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, familial status, source of income or disability. [2001 c.617 §2; 2007 c.647 §1; 2009 c.249 §1]