*Some forms of sexual harassment of a student may reasonably be considered child abuse which must be reported to the proper authorities
*Under no circumstances will the School tolerate threats or retaliation against anyone who makes a harassment/bullying complaint or participates in an investigation. Individuals who engage in retaliation will be subject to disciplinary action.
2. What is Bullying?
Bullying is a conscious, repeated, hostile, aggressive behavior of an individual or a group abusing their position with the intention to harm others or gain real or perceived power.
There are many definitions of bullying, but they all consist of the key words "power", "aggressive" and "repeated".
Most kids do not know what bullying is. Due to recent focus on bullying, kids refer to acts done by mistake only once as "bullying". For example, playing soccer and being hit in the face by the ball might be considered an act of violence by some kids, when in fact, but in most cases, hitting someone's face with the ball while playing soccer is
When talking about bullying, it is very important for parents, teachers and kids to understand what bullying is not. Many times, a single act or behavior is out of proportion, but it is not considered bullying.
Some people think that bullying is any aggressive behavior and although such behaviors are a source of concern and need attention, it is important to separate them from bullying. Bullying is recurring and deliberate abuse of power.
It is not easy for kids to understand the difference between a deliberate act and an accidental one, it is also surprising how many grownups talk about things people do to them as if they were done intentionally to hurt them. Such perception is very dangerous, because every minor act of conflict, done without any intention to harm, can escalate and become a big conflict.
Much like in any communication, whether it is verbal or not, there are two sides involved. Bullying is a form of communication and depends not only on the giver but also on the receiver. For an incident to be considered bullying, the aggressor must want to hurt someone and the victim must perceive the incident as a deliberate act of abuse.
Last Modified on July 25, 2011