Bullying/Harassment HARASSMENT is defined as inappropriate conduct that is repeated enough or serious enough to negatively impact a student’s educational, physical, or emotional well being. This would include harassment based on any of the legally protected characteristics such as sex, race, color, national origin, religions, height, weight, sexual orientation, or disability. Harassment would include such activities as stalking, bullying, name calling, taunting, hazing, or other disruptive behavior.
BULLYING is a form of harassment. For the purposes of this policy, “bullying” is defined as: the repeated intimidation, humiliation or ridicule of others by the real or threatened infliction of physical, verbal, written, electronically transmitted, or emotional abuse, or through attacks on the property of another. Bullying behavior may include, but are limited to, actions such as: verbal taunts, name calling and put downs, including ethnically based or gender based verbal put downs, and extortion of money or possessions. Bullying is disruptive to the educational process and, therefore, is not acceptable behavior and is prohibited. Students who engage in any act of bullying while at school, at any function in connection to or with any District sponsored activity or event, or while traveling to or from school are subjected to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion. As may be required by law, law enforcement officials shall be notified of bullying incidents.
1. This rule applies when a student is: •On school grounds immediately before or during school hours, immediately after school hours or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group (including summer school) •Off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event •Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event; or •Using property or equipment provided by the school 2. Bullying by a student or groups of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other student through overt, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications transmitted, and/or physical acts committed, or any other similar behavior is prohibited.
3. Parents or students who suspect that repeated acts of bullying are taking place should report the matter to the school principal or designee. School personnel will investigate all reports of bullying.