Text: H.R.6542 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6542

To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to require the Attorney General to establish guidelines to prevent and address occurrences of bullying, to provide for grant funding to States for programs to prevent and address occurrences of bullying, and to reauthorize the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants program.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
December 17, 2010

Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas (for herself, Mr. Conyers, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Gonzalez, and Ms. Linda T. Sánchez of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to require the Attorney General to establish guidelines to prevent and address occurrences of bullying, to provide for grant funding to States for programs to prevent and address occurrences of bullying, and to reauthorize the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Bullying Prevention and Intervention Act of 2010”.

SEC. 2. Bullying prevention and intervention programs; Reauthorization of juvenile accountability block grants.

(a) Allowing juvenile accountability block grants To be used for bullying prevention and intervention programs.—Section 1801 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 is amended—

(1) in subsection (b), in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting “(and for the purpose described in subsection (d)(1))” after “juvenile justice system”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(d) Bullying prevention and intervention programs.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Amounts paid to a State or a unit of local government under this part may be used by the State or unit of local government for bullying prevention and intervention programs described in paragraph (2)(C) that, subject to paragraph (3), follow the guidelines established under such paragraph (2)(C).

“(2) GUIDELINES.—Not later than 6 months after the date of this subsection, the Attorney General shall establish voluntary guidelines for use by States and units of local government—

“(A) on ways for relevant entities to identify occurrences of bullying;

“(B) on ways to provide for the participation in programs described in subparagraph (C) of juveniles who are involved in such occurrences of bullying; and

“(C) for purposes of developing bullying prevention and intervention programs that, at a minimum—

“(i) provide services to juveniles;

“(ii) provide educational services that focus on the accountability of such juveniles for their actions, with respect to occurrences of bullying, including when the outcome of such actions is not intended by such juveniles;

“(iii) provide counseling services for both juveniles who commit acts of bullying and juveniles who are victims of such bullying;

“(iv) include notification and involvement of parents and guardians of juveniles who are participating in such programs;

“(v) address behavior and behavior modification of juveniles described in clause (iii); and

“(vi) educate students, adult personnel (including school administration and staff and child care providers), and law enforcement officers about how to identify occurrences of bullying and how to address such occurrences.

“(3) VARIATION PERMITTED.—A State or unit of local government may modify the guidelines established under paragraph (2) for use by such State or unit, respectively (or entities within such State or unit, respectively) in order to meet the specific needs or circumstances of relevant populations.

“(4) BULLYING DEFINED.—For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘bullying’ includes the following behavior by juvenile against another juvenile (or group of juveniles):

“(A) Verbal acts, name-calling, and graphic and written statements that may be threatening, harmful, or humiliating and which may include use of cell phones, the Internet, and other forms of electronic communication.

“(B) Conduct that may be physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating.

“(C) Conduct that creates a hostile environment when the conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability of such other juvenile to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by a school.

“(D) Harassment based on race, color, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender.

“(E) Statements or other conduct that are based on real or perceived imbalance of power, repeated over time, and result in humiliation of the other juvenile.

Behavior described in the previous sentence does not have to include the intent to harm or be directed at a specific juvenile to be considered bullying.”.

(b) Reauthorization of Juvenile Accountability Block Grants.—Section 1810(a) of such Act is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: “and for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2015”.