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District Bullying Policy

BULLYING  

The board of education prohibits bullying in any form on school property, in a school vehicle or at any school-sponsored activity or event.  The administration shall propose, and the board shall review and approve a plan to address bullying on school property, in a school vehicle or at a school sponsored event or activity.

 

The plan shall include provisions for the training and education of staff members and students and shall include appropriate community involvement as approved by the board.  Students who have bullied others in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and expulsion.  If appropriate, students who violate the bullying prohibition shall be reported to local law enforcement.

 

Any intentional gesture or any intentional written, verbal or physical act or threat that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student or staff member that a reasonable person, under the circumstances knows or should know will have the effect of:

 

  1. Harming any student or staff member whether physically or mentally.
  2. Damaging a student or staff member’s property.
  3. Placing a student or staff member in reasonable fear of harm to the student or staff member.
  4. Placing a student or staff member in reasonable fear of damage to the student or staff member’s property.
  5. Any form of intimidation or harassment prohibited by the board of education of the school in policy.

 

What Is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying, using new communication technology (cellular phones, internet, and other forms of electronic media) to torment others, is taking humiliation to a frightening level. Hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet, cyberbullies are able to hurl threats, spread rumors, trash reputations, and damage fragile egos, usually without being caught. The incredible scope of the Internet means that a cyberbully can reach millions with the click of a mouse.[1]