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Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation

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Bullying:  Bullying may occur when a student is exposed repeatedly and over time to negative actions on the part of one or more other students. Bullying behavior is meant to hurt another person and is carried out by someone who is seeking power or control over another person. Bullying may constitute a violation of law.
There are three forms of bullying:
  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Social

Harassment:  Harassment is the intentional behavior by a student or group of students that is disturbing or threatening to another student or group of students. Intentional behaviors that characterize harassment include, but are not limited to stalking, hazing, social exclusion, name calling, unwanted physical contact and unwelcome verbal or written comments, photographs and graphics. Harassment may be related, but not limited to, race, religious orientation, sexual orientation, cultural background, economic status, size or personal appearance. Harassing behaviors can be direct or indirect and by use of social media.

Intimidation:  Intimidation is intentional behavior by a student or group of students that places another student or group of students in fear of harm of person or property. Intimidation can be manifested emotionally or physically, either directly or indirectly, and by use of social media.

Anyone who believes that harassment, bullying or hazing has occurred should report the behavior to a teacher, counselor, school nurse or school administrator.  Bullying reporting forms are located below, and are available at the front office of every campus.

Peer Conflict:
Everyone experiences conflict from time to time, and it is a natural part of growing up.  Usually this takes place with peers who know each other and have equal power (age, grade, etc.)  At times peers disagree and may not be able to solve their own problems.  They can get frustrated and may say mean things or may react physically.  Once calm, peers are able to work things out by themselves or with the help of an adult. 

Mean Behavior:
Sometimes students may display unkind or mean behavior that may include making fun of others, using hurtful names, taking something without permission, leaving a child out of play, or pushing someone out of line. Usually these are isolated and the student may feel badly when the behavior is pointed out.  Often the behavior may not be planned and could impact those who are in close proximity. An adult needs to be informed of the behavior right away to intervene.

Bullying Forms


Dysart Safe Report:  Students, parents, or staff can submit safety concerns at any time using this convenient online reporting system.  Once submitted the forms are emailed to the school administrators.  Messages left on the Safe Schools hotline are monitored during regular business hours.

Dysart Safe Report

Dysart Safe Schools Hotline:  623-876-7009


 


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