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Bullying Prevention

What is Bullying?

Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological aggressive behaviour by a person or group directed towards a less powerful person or group that is intended to cause harm, distress or fear.
  • Verbal bullying includes name calling, verbal threats, spreading rumors or excluding a student from activities or conversations.
  • Physical bullying involves one or more students aggressively hitting or attacking another student.
  • Social/ Cyberbullying is electronic aggression using the internet, social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), e-mails, instant messaging and text messaging.
 
What is not bullying?

There are also some behaviors, which, although they might be unpleasant or distressing, are not bullying:
  • mutual conflict - which involves a disagreement, but not an imbalance of power. Unresolved mutual conflict can develop into bullying if one of the parties targets the other repeatedly in retaliation.
  • single-episode acts of nastiness or physical aggression, or aggression directed towards many different people, is not bullying
  • social rejection or dislike is not bullying unless it involves deliberate and repeated attempts to cause distress, exclude or create dislike by others.
 
Hampton District One's policy on bullying is that any and all incidences of bullying should be reported immediately. All reports will be investigated. Reports can be made to the classroom teacher, school administrator, or through the Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harrassment, and Retaliation Incident Report. Please click on the link below to complete an Incident Report. This incident report form is in compliance with Title IX policies.

Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harrassment, and Retaliation Incident Report

How are bullying incidents handled in Hampton County School District?
  • School administration will contact all parties associated with the bullying incident to make sure that all parties are aware of the policy against bullying and the consequences for continuing to bully.
  • Incidents will be documented and parents in all cases will be contacted.
  • Consequences can be as simple as a warning and as serious as a recommendation for expulsion.
 
Excerpt from the Board Policy JICFAA Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying

The Hampton One School Board defines “harassment, intimidation or bullying” as a gesture, an electronic communication or a written, verbal, physical or sexual act that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function where the school is responsible for the child or on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, at an official school bus stop and that does the following.
  • A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the act(s) will have the effect of harming a student, physically or emotionally, or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property.
  • Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students in such a way as to cause substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.
 
Bullying Prevention