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New law forces schools to deal with bullies

A new state law says all Tennessee school districts must have a plan to prevent bullying.

The measure defines bullying as "any act that substantially interferes with a student's educational benefits, opportunities or performance." Each of the state's school districts must submit their policies to the Department of Education this month.

Shelby County School Board President David Pickler said Monday his district is in compliance with the state law, and that teachers are always looking out for students behaving badly.

"It's something that our teachers and administrators stay very much aware of and stay on top of, when we can identify at risk behavior, bullying behavior, situations that can put our children at risk," Pickler said.

Memphis City Schools is also in compliance with the new law, defining bullying as causing physical harm to a student, placing a student in fear, or creating a hostile educational environment.

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