I move that Engrossed House Bill 1423 be amended to read as follows:
JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 13.5. (a) Discipline rules adopted by the
governing body of a school corporation under section 12 of this chapter
(1) prohibit bullying; and
(A) provisions concerning education, parental involvement,
reporting, investigation, and intervention;
(B) a detailed procedure for the prompt investigation of incidents of bullying that includes:
(i) appropriate responses to bullying behaviors, wherever the behaviors occur;
(ii) provisions for anonymous and personal reporting of bullying incidents to a teacher or other school staff;
(iii) timetables for reporting of bullying incidents to the parents of both the targeted student and the bully, school administrators, the school superintendent, or law enforcement, if applicable; and
(iv) discipline provisions for false reporting of bullying; and
(C) a detailed procedure outlining the use of follow-up services that includes support services for the victim.
If the principal or the principal's designee determines that a report of a bullying incident warrants further investigation, before any student involved is interviewed, the principal or the principal's designee shall notify the student's parent of the allegations. The notice may be made by telephone or electronic mail, followed by a notice in writing that is mailed to the parent's home. The student's parent shall be given the opportunity to attend any interviews with the student conducted as a part of the investigation.
(b) The discipline rules described in subsection (a) must apply when a student is:
(1) on school grounds immediately before or during school hours, immediately after school hours, or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group;
(2) off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event;
(3) traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event; or
(4) using property or equipment provided by the school.
(c) The discipline rules described in subsection (a) must prohibit bullying through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a:
(2) computer system; or
(3) computer network;
of a school corporation.
(d) This section may not be construed to give rise to a cause of
action against a person or school corporation based on an allegation of
noncompliance with this section. Noncompliance with this section may
not be used as evidence against a school corporation in a cause of
(e) In carrying out the discipline rules described in subsection (a), the following principles apply:
(1) The rules may not be interpreted to infringe upon the rights of students under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States or Article I of the Constitution of the State of Indiana, and may not prohibit the expression of religious, philosophical, or political views.
(2) It is presumed that all verbal expressions, whether oral, written, or electronic, relating to religious, philosophical, or political topics or viewpoints are protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States or Article I of the Constitution of the State of Indiana, and may not be classified as bullying unless specific facts demonstrate otherwise.
(3) This section does not impede a student, the student's parents, or school officials from reporting directly to law enforcement officials any behavior that constitutes a violation of criminal law.
(f) A record made of an investigation, a disciplinary action, or a follow-up action performed under rules adopted under this section is not a public record under IC 5-14-3.
(g) Nothing in this section may be construed to require all bullying incidents to be reported to a law enforcement agency.
(h) The department shall periodically review each policy adopted under this section to ensure the policy's compliance with this section.".
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