New Jersey has some of the toughest bullying laws in the country, but could annihilating your opponent in a high school football game really constitute a violation?
In Texas, school officials were forced to consider such an allegation. Like New Jersey's bullying law, Texas requires school districts to investigate all complaints of bullying. Under the applicable law, bullying is defined as "engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity ... and that has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student ... or is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student."
The allegations stemmed from Aledo High School's 91-0 over Fort Worth Western Hills. The team, which now plays in a weaker district, has repeatedly blown teams out on the way to its undefeated record. However, one parent of a Fort Worth Western Hills player took exception to the way Aledo's coaches handled the game once the score got out of hand.
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