Hamilton schools out of compliance with state law for hazing, bullying policy

Akia Lewis, left, talks Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at UnifiED, about the need for stricter anti-bullying policies in the Hamilton County School system as Nick Wilkins, center, and Elizabeth Crews look on.

The Ooltewah incident was really a wakeup call that policy change can prevent serious issues

photo Akia Lewis, left, talks Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at UnifiED, about the need for stricter anti-bullying policies in the Hamilton County School system as Nick Wilkins, center, and Elizabeth Crews look on.

State law requires student discrimination, harassment, hazing and bullying policies to include:

A description of the type of behavior expected from each student. A statement of consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who commits an act of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying. A procedure for reporting an act of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying, including a provision that permits a person to report such acts anonymously.