COLUMBUS—State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) today announced that the Ohio House has approved legislation he sponsored that works to prevent school place bullying, also known as the Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act.
House Bill 360 strengthens consequences for bullying in public schools. Under the bill, there are more parameters for in-school suspensions, and it gives school districts greater flexibility regarding investigations and how to best conduct them within the district or school.
The bill applies to public school students in grades 4 through 12 only and exempts students with developmental disabilities.
The legislation also makes permissive the following requirements:
• Mandatory community service for suspended or expelled students
• Tutoring and academic support provided by the school district for suspended or expelled students
• Counseling services provided by the school district for the offender and for the victim of the harassment or bullying, with parental consent
• Flexibility for school districts to go beyond these permissive requirements for suspensions and expulsions of students at the determination of the local school board
House Bill 360 now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.