The district strives to prevent bullying, in accordance with the district’s policies, by promoting a respectful school climate; encouraging reporting of bullying incidents, including anonymous reporting; and investigating and addressing reported bullying incidents.
What is bullying?
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and bully others may have serious lasting problems.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Bullying is defined in state law as a single significant act or a pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and involves engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that:
Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property;
Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student;
Materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school; or
Infringes on the rights of the victim at school.
Although definitions of bullying vary, most agree that bullying involves:
- Imbalance of Power: People who bully use their power to control or harm, and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves
- Intent to Cause Harm: Actions done (committed) by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm
- Repetition: Incidents of bullying happen to the same person over and over by the same person or group.
Where and When Does Bullying Happen?
Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens in the school building, a significant percentage also happens in places like playgrounds or buses. It can also happen when traveling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood, or on the internet (social media).