Hear it? See it? Stop it! Be a bully-buster!
Is it Bullying or Normal Conflict? The word bullying is overused to describe situations, so we must first determine if the problem is bullying.
What is Conflict? It happens every now and then and can be accidental and is unplanned. It is not about seeking attention or gaining power.
What is Bullying? Harm occurs as the result of an intentional act, rather than the result of an accident. A power imbalance exists between the target and the bully. (Real or imagined by the target) The bully enjoys carrying out the action. The bully repeats the behavior, often (if given a chance) in a systematic way. The target is hurt physically or psychologically and has a sense of being persecuted or oppressed. -Source Olweus
Florida State Statute: Definition of Bullying Bullying means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. It is further defined as unwanted repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by an adult or a student, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; to cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation.
It may involve, but is not limited to:
(Unwanted) teasing Social exclusion Threat(s) Intimidation
Stalking Physical violence Theft Public humiliation
Cyber-bullying Cyber-stalking Sexual, religious, or racial/ethnic harassment
Damaging or destruction of property Placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or property
Please click link to read about Brevard School's Bullying/Harrassment Policy
Bully Reporting Procedures
Reporting Forms: Student and parent reporting forms are located online through links below and in the front office. A parent or a student can report bullying by filling out the reporting form and turning it into the front office.
Student Bully Box: Students can also report bullying anonymously by filling out a bully form for the bully box located in the Media Center.
You can also visit: http://www.speakouthotline.org/ or call: 1-800-423-TIPS