Bullying is deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions, intended to cause fear, intimidation or harm. Bullying may be repeated behavior and involves an imbalance of power. Bullying behavior can be:
- Physical (e.g. assault, hitting or punching, kicking, theft, threatening behavior)
- Verbal (e.g. threatening or intimidating language, teasing or name-calling, racist remarks)
- Indirect (e.g. spreading cruel rumors, intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and sending insulting messages or pictures by mobile phone or using the internet – also known as cyber bullying)
Bullying behavior is prohibited in all Educational environments including, but are not limited to, every activity under school supervision.
Procedure for Reporting/Retaliation
All school staff members and school officials who observe or become aware of acts of bullying are required to report these acts to the appropriate building principal. Any other person, including a student who is either a victim of the bullying or is aware of the bullying or any other concerned individual is encouraged to report the conduct to the appropriate building principal.
Reports of bullying may be made verbally or in writing and may be made confidentially. All such reports, whether verbal or in writing, will be taken seriously and a clear account of the incident is to be documented. A written record of the report, including all pertinent details, will be made by the appropriate building principal who will also be designated as the investigator.
There shall be no retaliation against individuals making such reports. Individuals engaging in retaliatory behavior will be subject to disciplinary action.
Procedure for investigating reports of bullying
The principal shall, within one school day, interview the person(s) who are the victim(s) of the bullying and collect whatever other information is necessary to determine the facts and the seriousness of the report.
Sanctions and supports
Ifit is determined that students participated in bullying behavior or retaliated against anyone due to the reporting of bullying behavior, the school district administration and school board may take disciplinary action, including: suspension, expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement officials for possible legal action as appropriate. Pupil services staff will provide support for the identified victim(s).
Disclosure and Public Reporting
The policy will be distributed annually to all students enrolled in the school district, their parents and/or guardians and employees. Records will be maintained on the number and types of reports made, and sanctions imposed for incidents found to be in violation of the bullying policy.
Date of Adoption: July 26, 2010