Is it Bullying?
You may not always get along with your peers. To help you decide what is going on and what action to take, below is some information that may be helpful.
What’s Going On?
TEASING: Making fun in a playful way. Everyone is having fun, no one is getting hurt and everyone is participating equally. May cause distractions or annoyance.
CONFLICT: When two or more students disagree and both parties are contributing to the problem. As students grow and form relationships, conflicts may naturally arise. While a person’s feelings may be hurt, conflict may not be bullying.
MEAN MOMENT: Being unkind, spiteful or unfair. Someone is being inconsiderate or harsh to others. The mean moment is a strong response to a feeling or emotion.
BULLYING: A deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions, intended to cause fear, intimidation, or harm. Bullying may be a repeated behavior and involves an imbalance of power. It is serious enough to negatively impact the individual’s well being.
HARASSMENT: A deliberate or intentional behavior toward an individual or group of individuals based, in whole or in part, on their sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
What Should I Do?
Talk to your parents – It is important to discuss your feelings with your parents. They may be able to help you work through challenges and give you the support you need.
Take a break from your use of technology – Cyberbullying is a common form of bullying. Limiting your social media use can help you avoid interactions that may impact your well being.
Get support – Talk to your principal, counselor or a trusted school staff member if you feel you need more support.
Administration will review each submission and respond according to school board policy 443.71 ANTI-BULLYING