he nationwide effort to reduce bullying in U.S. schools
can be regarded as part of larger civil and human rights
movements that have provided children with many of the
rights afforded to adults. But so far, protections against
harassment apply only to children who fall into protected classes, such
as racial and ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, and victims of
gender harassment or religious discrimination.
This article identifies the conceptual challenges that bullying poses for
legal and policy efforts, reviews judicial and legislative efforts to reduce
bullying and makes recommendations for school policy.
By Dewey G. Cornell, PhD, and Susan P. Limber, PhD
Do U.S. laws go far enough to