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:

Physical

  • hitting
  • pushing and shoving
  • fighting
  • tripping
  • yelling at someone
  • making rude gestures
  • taking or breaking another person’s things

Emotional

  • name calling
  • 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.

Includes:

  • Sending mean text messages
  • Posting statements online that are unkind or not true
  • Sending or posting pictures that are not yours to share
  • Making negative comments online about someone
  • Agreeing with someone who posts something hurtful

Bullying is never okay, cool, or acceptable.

No one EVER deserves to be bullied.

(http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/kab/what-is-bullying/)