Legal Considerations


State and federal statutes address bullying and related issues. Districts should consult with their legal counsel for interpretation of these statutes and development and administration of local policies. 

Refer to the Resources section of the Bullying Prevention website for additional information.


Schools have an obligation to protect students from third party harm as may occur in a bullying situation. When students have not received the benefit of this protection, a school may have to respond to litigation based on one or more of the following factors.

  • the behaviors affected learning or deprived someone of access to learning

  • the school knew or should have known of the harmful behaviors

  • the school acted with deliberate indifference

  • the school failed to follow district policy


The Nebraska Department of Education offers this website to provide awareness and resources that help schools prevent bullying and provide safe and secure environments. Click on the topics in the column on the left for bullying prevention information. 

Bullying Prevention Site Information

Updated August 14, 2017 3:48pm