Tennessee Code Title 49. Education § 49-6-4502

(a) As used in this part:

(1) “Cyber-bullying” means bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices;

(2) “Electronic devices” include, but are not limited to, telephones, cellular phones or other wireless telecommunication devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), computers, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, and web sites;

(3) “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a student's educational benefits, opportunities or performance;  and:

(A) If the act takes place on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided equipment or transportation or at any official school bus stop, the act has the effect of:

(i) Physically harming a student or damaging a student's property;

(ii) Knowingly placing a student or students in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student's property;

(iii) Causing emotional distress to a student or students;  or

(iv) Creating a hostile educational environment;  or

(B) If the act takes place off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity, it is directed specifically at a student or students and has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or otherwise creating a substantial disruption to the education environment or learning process.


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