Here, at Excelsior, we take bullying seriously. In fact we have a zero tolerance policy for bullying. Next month is Bullying Prevention month, so I wanted to send out a reminder of our policy, the definition of bullying and some helpful resources.
Bullying is defined as a pattern of aggressive, intentional or deliberately hostile behavior that occurs repeatedly and over time. Bullying behaviors normally fall into three categories, physical, emotional, and verbal, and may include, but are not limited to, intimidation, assault, extortion, oral or written threats, teasing, putdowns, name-calling, threatening looks, gestures, or actions, rumors, false accusations, hazing, social isolation, and cyber-bullying*.
*Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:
- Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
- SMS (Short Message Service) also known as Text Message sent through devices
- Instant Message (via devices, email provider services, apps, and social media messaging features)
We would love to hear your ideas about helping build a culture of kindness as well as bullying prevention! Please contact your facilitator or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Any student (be they the victim or the bystander) may initiate a complaint by completing a confidential reporting form online at http://excelsior.com/contact/report-bullying or see any school official.