Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment, or Intimidation (Policy 1060)

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:25am

The Board prohibits acts of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, or intimidation because these behaviors compromise the learning environment and well-being of students, staff, and community.
Bullying may include the following specific behaviors:

  • Hitting, kicking, shoving, spitting, hair pulling or throwing something.
  • Getting another person to hit or harm the student.
  • Teasing, name-calling, critical remarks, or threatening, in person, by email or text message.
  • Bullying by demeaning and making the target of jokes.
  • Rude and/or threatening gestures.
  • Intimidation, extortion or exploitation.
  • Spreading rumors or harmful gossip.
  • Cyberbullying.
  • Hazing.

Students, parents, employees and service providers are responsible for reporting violations of this policy that occur on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity or event off school property. Incidents of cyberbullying occurring from a student’s home that impact another student’s well-being at school may also be reported.
All reports of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment and intimidation will be documented and the student making the report, or an appropriate adult, should complete and submit a Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form, available on the school system website under Forms. The victim and witnesses will be informed that confidentiality cannot be insured because it is not possible to predict what will be discovered as a result of the investigation. The offender will be informed that retaliation against any victim or bystander is strictly prohibited and that progressive consequences will occur if the activity continues.
Appropriate support services will be provided to a student or staff member exhibiting bullying behaviors or to the victim or bystander. A student or staff member who violates this policy may be required to participate in appropriate counseling or intervention. Consequences range from a parent conference to expulsion.
Electronic Harassment Violation (not part of Policy 1060)
Using a computer or portable communication device to cause another student/staff member to reasonably fear for his/her safety is prohibited. This includes engaging in conduct that would constitute sexual harassment; to disseminate data with malicious intent to psychologically torment or harass; to make any statement intended to provoke or likely provoke a third party to stalk or harass someone; building a fake profile or website; posing as someone in an electronic chat room, an electronic mail message, or an instant message; repeatedly following the student online or into an electronic chat room; posting or encouraging others to post private, personal, or sexual information pertaining to the individual on the Internet or signing up an individual for inappropriate Internet sites.

Report Bullying
Incidences of bullying may be reported using a printed form (available in each main school office, school counseling office, media center, and health services office or at www.hcpss.org/parents/schoolculture-and-climate/report-bullying/) or through HCPSS Sprigeo, an online reporting system, at: report.sprigeo.com.