- MGL c.71, § 37O Bullying in schools
- MGL c.12, § 11H Violation of constitutional rights
- MGL c.265 § 43 Stalking
- MGL c.265,§ 43A Criminal harassment
- MGL c.266, § 37E Identity fraud
- MGL c.269, § 17 Hazing
- MGL c.269, § 18 Failure to report hazing
- MGL c.269, § 19 Schools to provide copy of hazing law to students
Selected case law
Cormier v. City of Lynn, 479 Mass. 35 (2018)
Even where a defendant city "could have and should have done more" to protect a student from bullying, and their inaction resulted in the child being severely injured during a bullying incident, the Mass. Tort Claims Act bars a suit against the city and its employees where they did not "originally cause" the situation.
Bullying, Mass. Legal Services.
Compilation of Massachusetts bullying law resources
Bullying, UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools.
An extensive list of links to resources on bullying for teachers, parents, law enforcement, and anyone else interested in the topic. Great resource!
Bullying and harassment prevention orders, Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law, Bullying Prevention and Intervention, Texting, ‘Sexting’ and the Internet, Harassment Prevention Orders, and more.
Children's issues series: anti-bullying laws, Mass. Legal Services.
Provides information on state and federal laws in a question and answer format.
Direct from the field: a guide to bullying prevention, Mass. Dept. of Public Health
This 123-page publication has been provided to every school district in Massachusetts. The guide is intended to help schools develop bullying-prevention programs.
Model bullying prevention and intervention plan under M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O, Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education
"We recommend that districts and schools use this model plan as a blueprint for developing their own plans that align with their individual school climate initiatives and needs." Model plan is in both PDF and Word format.
Massachusetts students: what to do if you're being bullied, GLAD, March 2014
"If you are being bullied and your school is not protecting you, your school is not following the law." Despite the title, this publication doesn't provide "what to do" advice, but does provide a great summary of the law's key points.
Recommendations from the review of laws regarding bullying in Massachusetts: report to the Massachusetts General Court. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission to Review Statutes Relative to Implementation of the School Bullying Law, June 2011.
Provides 7 recommendations to improve bullying prevention efforts in the Commonwealth
Students' rights in Massachusetts, GLAD, February 2014
Questions & answers on discrimination in public schools on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression
The authority of Massachusetts educators to combat bullying, cyber bullying & sexting on and off school property: the intersection of the school disciplinary code & the criminal justice system, by Patrick Michael Rogers. Commonwealth Police Service, 2010.
School bullying and harassment : a legal primer, by Richard W. Cole. NBI, Inc., 2012
School law in Massachusetts, by Rhoda E. Schneider, MCLE loose-leaf. Includes a sample anti-harassment policy for schools.
Working with children with special needs, MCLE, 2015
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