Bullying Prohibition Policy. Students are in school to learn and attain high academic standards. Bullying, like any other violent or disruptive behavior, interferes with learning. District will investigate, respond to and remediate all acts of bullying in order to maintain a safe learning environment in all schools.
Bullying is not allowed in schools, on school property, at school events and activities, or on school buses. The policy applies to students who bully but also to students who support another student who bullies. The policy also applies to cyberbullying whether or not on school property or using school equipment or resources.
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All school contact information is available on the District website at www. Search form Search. See the full policy at www. What is bullying? Bullying involves: Repeated, targeted and intentional behavior. Intimidating, threatening, abusive or harming contact that is offensive.
Had we raised Josh badly? Every morning, it felt like we were sending him into a war zone with no protection. One day, Josh said a boy called Omar knocked him down and started punching and kicking him in the face and body. A crowd of kids gathered and screamed at Omar, aggressively egging him on. The next day, he told me he had fantasies about stabbing his bullies.
At almost 6 feet tall, Josh was far bigger than these kids. I was afraid for him, afraid of him being hurt, but even more afraid of what he was internalizing about himself. When Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy , interviewed adults who had been bullied, she found their experiences were still raw and painful, even years later. In early March, a kid punched Josh in the face in gym class. The vice principal and counselor met with Josh, developed safety plans and places for him during lunch, but the verbal and physical abuse continued.
Two weeks later, two friends of the expelled boy cornered Josh in a stairwell and attacked him. I had finally had enough. I sat down and wrote up a timeline of all the abuse Josh had experienced since September and our attempts to get support from the school. We were finally united as a team with the single goal of protecting Josh. We met with the superintendent, who was shocked by the abuse and lack of response we described, and requested an emergency safety transfer to a new middle school, which was granted.
We learned that every school has a police officer assigned to it, and that those officers exist to help in these sorts of situations. Our fear of authority, concerns that Josh was lying or should toughen up, and lack of knowledge about his school life all contributed to our delay. We waited too long to intervene and allowed our own insecurities, poor communication, and confusion to get in the way.
These days, many schools have systems and regulations in place that demand they act quickly, especially when bullying is physical.
States and local lawmakers have enacted laws, usually through the education code, to protect children. In general, in-person bullying seems to be decreasing although other forms of harassment, such as cyberbullying, may be increasing. Last week, he told us about a kid taunting him, making obscene remarks about what Josh and a friend liked to do with each other.
My mind went to the worst case scenario. If I ran away, everyone would have laughed at me because the kid is over a foot shorter than me. Was this what Josh learned from being bullied? I could tell Josh to never to raise a hand, but is that truly the right answer for him? Do you think you made the right choice? I took a deep breath … and kept silent. But this is his experience, not mine. Choosing the wrong college can be bad for mental health. Please enter a valid email address. Thank you for signing up! Server Issue: Please try again later. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Bully pulpit Since the days when I was bullied, there have been campaigns, dozens of books, a bumper crop of bullying experts, a presidential initiative, a feature-length documentary, and thousands of heartbreaking stories about kids whose bullying allegedly led to terrible consequences : suicide, mental illness, prison sentences.
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