School Board Policy 5517.01 Against Bullying and Harassment
What is Bullying?
Bullying can be defined as being exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students (Olweus, 1993).
- Verbal bullying includes taunting, teasing, name-calling, extortion, and threats.
- Physical bullying is harm to a person or property.
- Relational aggression is harm to someone’s self esteem or group acceptance.
- Sexual harassment is any inappropriate sexual comment, gesture, or behavior including offensive jokes, pictures and rumors that offends others.
- Cyberbullying is using the internet or other digital communication devices to send or post harmful or cruel text or images.
Children who are bullied have lower self esteem and higher levels of stress, anxiety, depression, illness, and suicidal ideation.Bullying is not a normal part of growing up! It is important to distinguish between what is normal behavior and what is bullying.