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

Stop Bullying

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

SAMHSA Bullying App

Eyes On Bullying

National Crime Prevention Council

DESE Resources

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
Phone: 501-537-5732