Anti-Bullying and Violence Prevention
The physical, social, and emotional well-being of students can be impacted by unwanted aggressive behavior or bullying.
In accordance with A.C.A. § 6-18-514, all public school students have the right to receive their education in an environment that is reasonably free from substantial intimidation, harassment, or harm or threat of harm by another student, in person or by electronic means.
New Legislation in 2019
Act 190 – School Counseling Improvement Act of 2019 addresses the school counselor’s role in bullying prevention, training and protocols in schools.
Act 1029 – This act amends previous anti-bullying legislation and addresses anti-bullying continuing education, notice procedures and reporting requirements.
Guidance in Addressing School Bullying
The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) developed the following guidance on bullying prevention, as required by Act 1029 in consultation with state agencies, school personnel, advocacy organizations, and other interested parties to support public school districts and public charter schools in addressing the issue of school bullying.
Download the Bullying Prevention Roles Visual (PDF) or click on the image below.
To support Arkansas schools and school districts, the DESE is providing links to a selection of resources available that are free to Arkansas educators.
Prevent Bullying and Cyberbullying
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
SAMHSA Bullying App
Eyes On Bullying
National Crime Prevention Council
Arkansas IDEAS - Bullying
American Psychological Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - School Violence: Prevention Tools and Resources
How Does Arkansas Define Bullying?
To better understand Arkansas’s definition of bullying described in A.C.A §6-18-514(b)(1-6) view the image below or download a printable image of the Arkansas Bullying Definition Visual (PDF).
Bullying is Intentional
For more information, please contact:
Jason Weatherly, Safe Schools Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201