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Last Updated: 12/02/2013


On Monday, May 3, 2010, Governor Deval Patrick signed the much anticipated anti-bullying bill into law. The bill was passed unanimously by both the Senate and House of Representatives after it emerged from a joint conference committee. Massachusetts is now the forty-second state in the country to have anti-bullying legislation. The law is aimed at addressing the issue of bullying and cyber-bullying in schools. While Massachusetts lawmakers have been considering versions of this bill for quite some time, two recent bullying-related suicides in South Hadley and Springfield caused this legislation to receive top priority.

The law, which includes strict mandates for reporting all suspected incidents of bullying and cyber-bullying, is being heralded as one of the toughest anti-bullying laws in the country. Where school districts up until now have not had a clear blue print to follow when incidents of bullying and cyber-bullying were suspected, this new law will guide school districts in the identification, investigation and response to incidents as they arise. With the vast increase in the use of technology and social networking by students, much of which occurs off school grounds during non-school hours, administrators have rightly questioned the extent to which a school district has a right, and indeed an obligation, to intervene. This new law provides much needed guidance.

State of Massachusetts Bullying Law
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC)*

The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center is housed at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Our goal is to bring low or no-cost services to K-12 education, law enforcement, and other professional caregivers for children in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our services include school programs, conferences, workshops, consultation, and research, in the area of bullying prevention, cyber bullying education and prevention, and violence prevention.

MARC was founded and is directed by Dr. Elizabeth Englander, a professor of Psychology at the College, and an expert in the field. MARC also benefits from the services of other academics and faculty members, graduate students, undergraduate students, and other support staff.

MARC Parent/Public Resources*

Hanover Public Schools Bullying Resources

Reporting an Incident
*Information was obtained from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridewater State College