Bullying, Legal Protections Against

Over the past several decades, increased attention has been paid to bullying and harassment in schools in general, and bullying of LGBTQ students in particular. Legal protections are some of the most discussed avenues for addressing bullying in school. Although there are a variety of legal proscriptions and remedies in place to address school bullying, they still fall short of sufficiently protecting LGBTQ students. This entry reviews the current landscape of both state and federal legal protections against bullying for LGBTQ students in the United States. Although the focus here is on statutory laws, various administrative rules and procedures may also provide a level of protection for LGBTQ students against school bullying, such as school bullying codes enacted by state departments of education.

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