Every state has anti-bullying laws that require schools to take action to address and prevent bullying. There are also other state laws that may apply when a school fails to protect a child from bullying. There is no federal law against school bullying, but some types of bullying take the form of discriminatory harassment, and there are federal laws that prohibit that kind of conduct. For example, schools have responsibilities under federal civil rights laws to protect children who are bullied because of their race, color, ancestry, ethnic background, sex or disability.
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