District School Board of Madison County
210 NE Duval Avenue
Madison, Florida 32340
Bullying and Harassment Prevention
The District School Board of Madison County is committed to:
Protecting its students, employees, and applicants for admission from bullying, harassment, hazing or discrimination or discrimination for any reason and of any type. The school board believes that all students and employees are entitled to a safe, equitable, and harassment-free school experience. Bullying, harassment, hazing or discrimination will not be tolerated and shall be just cause for disciplinary action. District School Board of Madison County shall apply all policies with applicable state and federal laws combined with the Board's Collective Bargaining Agreements which confirm such conduct that constitutes Bullying, Harassment, Hazing or discrimination as being prohibited.
Although no federal law directly addresses bullying, in some cases, bullying overlaps with discriminatory harassment when it is based on race, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, or religion. When bullying and harassment overlap, federally-funded schools (including colleges and universities) have an obligation to resolve the harassment. Anyone can report harassing conduct to a school. When a school receives a complaint they must take certain steps to investigate and resolve the situation.
Immediate and appropriate action to investigate or otherwise determine what happened.
Inquiry must be prompt, thorough, and impartial.
Interview targeted students, offending students, and witnesses, and maintain written documentation of investigation
Communicate with targeted students regarding steps taken to end harassment
Check in with targeted students to ensure that harassment has ceased
When an investigation reveals that harassment has occurred, a school should take steps reasonably calculated to:
End the harassment,
Eliminate any hostile environment,
Prevent harassment from recurring, and
Prevent retaliation against the targeted student(s) or complainant(s).
What is Bullying? Bullying is when someone is being hurt either by words or actions, feels bad because of it, and has a hard time stopping what is happening to them.
Bullying can be:
pushing and shoving
yelling at someone
making rude gestures
taking or breaking another person’s things
making fun of someone
laughing at someone
leaving someone out on purpose
starting rumors or telling lies about someone
sending mean messages on a computer or cell phone
trying to make someone feel bad about who they are
Where Does Bullying Happen?
Bullying can happen anywhere. It can occur in your neighborhood, while going to school, at school, and while on-line.
What is Cyberbullying?
Using technology—internet, email, cell phones, social media, pictures— to hurt or harm someone else.
Sending mean text messages
Posting statements online that are unkind or not true
Sending or posting pictures that are not yours to share