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Harassment & Bullying. What all students need to know. Harassment looks a lot like bullying. However harassment is always linked to Anti-discrimination Laws designed to protect specific populations identified by:

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Harassment & Bullying

What all students need to know


Harassment looks a lot like bullying. However harassment is always linked to Anti-discrimination Laws designed to protect specific populations identified by:

gender, race, ethnic background, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or disability.

Harassment may be a single incident or a series of incidents.

Bullyingis repeated inappropriate behavior, direct or indirect, and by one or more persons, that:

harms, intimidates, threatens, victimizes, undermines, offends, or humiliates someone.

The difference between Harassment & Bullying


physical intimidation =

Pushing, shoving, hitting, spitting, poking, tripping etc…

Touching someone in an unwanted way

Trashing someone’s personal property, such as their locker or notebook.

verbal intimidation =

Name calling

Threatening someone to their face

Writing to or about someone - IM’s, text messages, and emails count!

Prank phone calls, or leaving nasty voicemails

Direct Behaviors Include:


Indirect Behaviors Include:

  • Exclusion, which can include getting other people to ignore or leave out a certain person or certain people.

  • Starting rumors about a person or certain people.

  • Whispering and pointing at person or certain people.

  • Writing graffiti in stalls, on walls, or on lockers about a person or certain people.


Common Mistakes

  • Calling someone “gay,” or calling them a “fag” is harassment, regardless of their actual sexual orientation!

  • Making sexually suggestive comments about, or to another student, regardless of whether they are male or female, is sexual harassment!

  • Making negative statements about a person’s race or religion is harassment, even if that person is not actually of that race or religion!


More Examples of Common Mistakes

  • Telling dirty jokes

  • Snapping or pulling at someone’s underwear/bra-strap

  • Staring at parts of a person’s body normally covered by underwear

  • Calling objects (not people), like a movie or class assignment, “gay,” or “retarded”


If you feel you are being harassed or bullied, this is what you need to DO.

  • DO NOT IGNORE IT! Everyone has a right to feel safe, respected, and accepted at school.

  • TELL THE PERSON TO STOP. Be polite and clear about how you feel.


If the person does not stop, or you are afraid to say something to this person:

TELL A TRUSTED ADULT or a PEP MEMBER

  • A friend can go with you for support.

  • This is what the Adult or PEP member can do for you:

    Listen to you.

    Help you decide what to do next.

    Back you up in your decision.

    Help you file a formal complaint.


IF THE PROBLEM IS NOT RESOLVED INFORMALLY, OR IF IT CONTINUES, THEN YOU SHOULD FILE A FORMAL COMPLAINT.

  • Fill out Incident Report Formavailable in the Middle School Main Office or High School Guidance Office.

  • A complete investigation of the situation will be made by an Administrator.

  • Parents will be notified.

  • The Principal will determine any disciplinary action.


Important Considerations

  • Harassment is not only a violation of school policy is also a CRIMINAL OFFENCE.

  • If you are under investigation for Harassment, LEGAL COUNSEL will be involved.

  • If you are found guilty of Harassment, CRIMINAL CHARGES may be brought against you!


If you are a perpetrator, the victim and their family has the right to call the police and bring criminal charges of harassment against you, regardless of what the school decides to do!


BYSTANDERS

  • Bystanders, sometimes you can and should step up and intervene when you witness an act of bullying or harassment.

  • You can stand up or intervene just by filling out an Incident Complaint Form.

  • Your identity can be kept confidential.

  • There is strength in numbers! Several students can fill out an incident report at the same time.

  • Adults can fill them out too!


Bystanders,

it may not be your fault, but it is your responsibility.


Stopping Harassment & Bullying is everyone’s responsibility!


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