Bullying is addressed through the “Safe School Climate Act” in South Carolina, which became effective on June 12, 2006, and serves to keep schools safe for all students.
Defined: The Safe School Climate Act defines bullying as follows:
- Harassment, intimidation or bullying means a gesture, an electronic communication or a written, verbal, physical or sexual act that is reasonably perceived to have the effect of:
- Harming a student physically or emotionally or damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in a reasonable fear or personal harm or property damage; or
- Insulting or demeaning a student or group of students causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.
Does the Safe School Climate Act only Apply in Schools?
No. The Safe School Climate Act further defines where such acts are prohibited. Defined in Subsection (2), “[s]chool” means in a classroom, on school premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, at an official school bus stop, at a school-sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on school premises, or at another program or function where the school is responsible for the child.
The Act requires that school districts develop a policy against bullying, to include possible consequences as well as procedures for reporting acts of bullying.  The Act requires that school employees or volunteers who have reliable information about bullying must report the incident to an appropriate school official. 
What should you or your parent(s) do if you become a victim of bullying?
- If the child experiences bullying at school, they should immediately report it to a teacher, counselor, or school administrator. They should also tell their parents about the bullying.
- If a parent discovers or suspects their child is being bullied, the parents should contact the principal or assistant principal and request that it be fully investigated.
- If the parents are not satisfied with the school administrator’s course of action, parents may submit a written complaint to the District Superintendent’s office for further review.
- If parents are still not satisfied with the district’s course of action, parents may contact the State Department of Education’s Ombudsmen’s office.
 South Carolina Department of Education https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/school-safety/bullying