The ACLU of North Carolina is a member of Prevent School Violence NC, a coalition of advocacy organizations, educators, parents and students who worked with North Carolina legislators to enact the School Violence Prevention Act of 2009 (SVPA). The SVPA provides strong protections against bullying and harassment for all students. The law specifically covers acts of bullying motivated by the victim's real or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, academic status, gender identity, physical appearance, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, developmental, or sensory disability. In response to the bill's passage, our friends at Equality North Carolina have created the School Violence Prevention Act Implementation Toolkit, which is designed to provide "critical information for students, parents and advocates to ensure that their school is living up to its obligations under the new law and doing everything in its power to create a safe place to learn."