Bullying and harassment
Policies and resources
What is bullying?
Bullying is any aggressive, intentional behavior carried out by a person or group repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend himself or herself. Bullying requires an observed or perceived imbalance of power - such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information or popularity - between the bully and the victim.
There are several different types of bullying:
Verbal - teasing, name-calling, taunting and threatening.
Physical - hitting or kicking, tripping or pushing, spitting and taking the victim's property.
Relational - attempting to damage the victim's relationships or reputation by excluding, spreading rumors or defamation.
Cyberbullying - any act of bullying that uses electronic technology or communication devices, including social networking sites and other Internet communications, that occurs on school property or at a school-sponsored event; interferes with a student's education; threatens the educational environment; or disrupts the school. Examples of cyberbullying include sending mean text messages or emails or posting embarrassing pictures or videos.
What is harassment?
Harassment is abusive conduct directed at one or more students because of the student’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or pregnancy) or disability and is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the school. Harassment includes sexual harassment and retaliation.
It is not bullying when...
- Two students of similar age, strength and size fight or quarrel with each other.
- A student provokes another into a verbal or physical confrontation.
- A student acts aggressively toward another student in the absence of an imbalance of power.
- A teacher or administrator responds to a student's misconduct with appropriate disciplinary action.
- A teacher or administrator responds to a student's poor performance with appropriate criticism.
Conduct that does not rise to the level of bullying may nevertheless violate the district's Information & Guidelines for student behavior or policies regarding employee professional conduct.
If you are bullied ...
- Take a stand. Tell the bully to stop.
- Report the bullying immediately. Tell your parent, teacher, counselor, advisor or principal.
- Use words, not physical aggression.
- Have confidence. Be proud of yourself.
- Do not show anger or fear.
- Make safe choices. Sit and walk with groups of friends or classmates. Avoid areas where there are few students or teachers.
- Do not share your personal information or passwords with others.
If you witness bullying ...
- Take a stand. If someone is getting bullied or harassed, be ready to intervene with a non violent approach. Try redirecting or distracting the bully by saying, “Stop! Don’t bother him!”
- Don’t participate. Bullies like to get attention. If they invite you to participate, don’t join in. Tell them “no” and go get help.
- Report bullying. The best defense against a bully is to report the incident to an adult.
- Be a friend. Offer help to the person who was bullied. Encourage him or her to talk to an adult. Invite that person to join your group of friends.
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Parents against bullying
- Encourage your child to talk to you.
- Contact the school immediately if bullying or harassment is suspected.
- Be a good role model.
- Teach your child how to resolve conflict using peaceful strategies.
- Contact law enforcement if bullying behavior is criminal.
The district may provide services for the offended student and/or the offender. These services might include:
- Section 504 or IEP meeting (if the victim or offender is a student with disabilities)