The state’s anti-bullying law and students with disabilities: Legal requirements and practical applications
The Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law, M.G.L. c. 71, s. 37O, went into effect on May 3, 2010. This article will examine the language of the statute and its practical application through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process. Additionally, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has advised that instances of bullying may implicate civil rights laws, which will require school districts to respond in a more global way, investigating whether a hostile environment exists in the school.