Engaging in harassment, intentionally or recklessly causing or threatening physical or emotional harm to another or behaving in such a manner as to present an imminent risk of such harm.
Conduct constituting harassment may take different forms, including but not limited to the following:
HARASSMENT/BULLYING/CYBER BULLYING/SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Verbal: The making of written or oral sexual innuendoes, suggestive comments, jokes of a sexual nature, sexual propositions, or threats to a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District.
Non-Verbal: Causing the placement of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, or graphic commentaries in the school environment or the making of sexually suggestive or insulting gestures, sounds, leering, whistling, and the like to a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District.
Physical Contact: Threatening or causing unwanted touching, contact, or attempts at same, including patting, pinching, pushing the body, or coerced sexual contact, with a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District.
Cyber Space Communication: Use of modern communication to embarrass, humiliate, threaten or harm another. Cyber-bullying is: Abusive behavior including, but not limited to, taunting, threatening, stalking, intimidating, and/or coercing by one or more individuals against other students or staff, perpetrated with computers, cellular phones, Internet websites, and/or any other electronic devices.
Sexting: “Sexting” is prohibited at any time on school property or at school functions. Sexting is the electronic transmission of sexual messages or pictures, usually through cell phone text messaging. Such conduct not only is potentially dangerous for the involved students, but can lead to unwanted exposure of the messages and images to others, and could result in criminal violations related to the transmission or possession of child pornography. Such conduct will be subject to discipline and possible confiscation of the WCD (wireless communication device).
Relational Aggression: Relational Aggression is emotional bullying. Relational Aggression is behavior with the intent to harm, humiliate and exclude. It takes aim at social relationships and hurts by damaging other’s opinions of (and relationship to) its victims. Relational Aggression manipulates how others view a particular individual by isolating them, spreading (or posting) vicious rumors and lies about their private lives, exposing secrets, and creating situations of public humiliation which involve them.
Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying also means electronically transmitted acts i.e., Internet, cell phone, personal digital assistance (PDA) or any electronic device that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both: Causes mental or physical harm to the other student/school personnel; and is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student/school personnel.
GENDER/ETHNIC/RELIGIOUS/DISABILITY/HEIGHT/WEIGHT/SEXUAL ORIENTATION/GENDER IDENTITY HARASSMENT
Written or oral innuendoes, comments, jokes, insults, threats, or disparaging remarks concerning a person’s gender, national origin, religious beliefs, etc. toward a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District.
Conducting a “campaign of silence” toward a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District by refusing to have any form of social interaction with the person.
Placing objects, pictures, or graphic commentaries in the school environment or making insulting or threatening gestures toward a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District.
Any intimidating or disparaging action such as hitting, hissing, or spitting on a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District.
Any student who believes that she/he is the victim of any of the above actions or has observed such actions taken by another student, staff member, or other person associated with the District should promptly take the following steps:
A. If the alleged harasser is a student, staff member, or other person associated with the District other than the student’s teacher, the affected student should, as soon as possible after the incident, contact his/her teacher.
B. If the alleged harasser is the student’s teacher, the affected student should, as soon as possible after the incident, contact a high school administrator.
All discipline may apply.
2022-2023 Semester I: Reporting Period from August 16, 2022 through December 15, 2022
For the first semester of the 2022-2023 school year, no Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying (HIB) reports were filed.
2022-2023 Semester II: Reporting Period from January 3, 2023 through May 25, 2023
For the second semester of the 2022-2023 school year, one Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying (HIB) report was filed. The report was self-referred by a student and involved Harassment and Bullying. Upon investigation, the report met the criteria for Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying. The Harassment and Bullying occurred mainly in second period class, lunch and study hall, although the victim reports that it would occur “whenever” he encountered the perpetrator. The report was resolved with a first level intervention. A first level intervention involves a school administrator meeting with the offender(s) to issue a verbal warning, communication with involved teachers and staff, parent contact, monitoring of the situation, and follow up by the Student Assistance Specialist. The perpetrator requested to apologize to the victim and the victim agreed to the apology so a meeting was arranged and supervised by the Administration. The issue was resolved after the first level intervention.