CONCORD, N.H. — Educators, parents and students on Tuesday urged legislators to reject proposed changes to New Hampshire’s bullying law, such as limiting school responsibility in dealing with off-campus incidents.

“Feeling trust is important, feeling safe is important, and being able to learn with real value is important,” said Brianna Hartford, a junior at Littleton High School who serves on the state Legislative Youth Advisory Council and helped work on the law. She said the bill would take all of these feelings away.

The current law, which was amended last year for the electronic age, defines bullying or cyberbullying as happening off school property “if the conduct interferes with a pupil’s educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the orderly operations of the school or school-sponsored activity or event.”  A bill passed by the House and now before the Senate Education Committee would remove those definitions from the law.

Two lawmakers who pushed for the changes said the current law makes the liability too great for schools to monitor students’ behavior when they’re not in class.

“How can a school be responsible for the students 24 hours a day? How can a school even know what is happening when a student is not in school? “ said Rep. Ralph Boehm, R-Litchfield, the bill’s main sponsor and one of only two people who spoke in favor of it. The other was a co-sponsor, Rep. Laura Gandia, R-Litchfield.

“Students need to be prepared for life; unfortunately, bullying is a part of it,” Boehm said. “The first rule is to ignore it; same as in the Boy Scouts handbook.”

Supporters of the bill also object to language in the current law that they say allows schools to determine whether to tell parents about their child being bullied or being a bully. They say parents need to know right away.

“It is important that we set clear boundaries as to when and where a school’s authority to address bullying begins and where it ends,” Gandia said.

The bill would remove a provision that authorizes a school superintendent to grant a principal a waiver from providing notice of an incident of bullying within 48 hours to the victim or perpetrator. Supporters of this provision, which includes notifying parents in writing within 10 days after the school finishes its investigation, said it helps protect students, who for example may be facing abuse at home.

“It is not the job of the school to guess what will happen,” Boehm said.

The bill instead would add language that if a school board member of school district employee “becomes aware” of an off-campus bullying incident to notify the principals of the school or schools attended by the victim and the perpetrator. The principal must then notify the parents or guardians of both students within 48 hours of the incident.

“This is not something to play around with as a parental rights issue,” said Malcolm Smith, a family life and policy specialist with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension who worked on last year’s update to the law. “It is the safety of our children.”

The bill also removes language defining examples of what has historically caused bullying, such as race, religion, sexual orientation, obesity, and mental, emotional and learning disabilities. Many state laws on bullying contain the terms. Supporters of the language say it’s not meant to be an all-inclusive list, just provide guidelines based on bullying research.

Gov. John Lynch has said that the proposed changes would weaken the law. On Tuesday, students, parents and educators spoke in favor of the law, saying that school districts have just finished implementing training programs for school administrators, faculty and parents. In May, the Department of Education is expected to conduct a survey that will include questions on the impact of the la w.

One parent, Katherine Dietz of Pittsfield said her 11-year-old daughter was the victim of a Facebook threat by two other sixth-graders. She said the law “gave me the tools and the school the tools to remedy the situation.” She said she appreciated that the school board’s role was more of an arbiter, not directly involved in reporting suspected abuse.

School administrators and researchers testified about the value of parents and schools working together to resolve bullying problems.

Andrea Elliot, assistant principal at Concord High School, testified about the school finding out about one student creating a “kick so-and-so’s butt day” on Facebook in the fall. She said 78 students responded to it within 24 hours. Postings focused on a time, place and mentioned specific threats.

“I’d love to say that parents could handle it, but in this case they weren’t aware,” Elliot said. She said the law gave the school the opportunity to educate teachers and students about what happened and the consequences of such actions.