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Bullying and Harassment

Bullying and Harassment 

State law Senate Bill 526 and our Board Policy 1720/4015/7225

This policy prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment and bullying by students, employees, volunteers, and visitors. “Visitors” includes persons, agencies, vendors, contractors and organizations doing business with or performing services for the school system anywhere that is considered school (i.e. bus stop, extra curricula activities)

   a.  Harassment or bullying behavior is any pattern of gestures or written, electronic or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication that:
        1) places a student or school employee in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property; or 
        2) creates or is certain to create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing a student's educational performance, opportunities or benefits.  
 
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED AT SCHOOL?
 
1.  REPORT IT!  There are several ways to report bullying at school.  The fastest, most effective way to report bullying is to tell an administrator or a counselor.  If a student calls you a name, you should tell the closest adult.  BUT if you are the victim of bullying, harassment, and/or discrimination you should tell a counselor or an administrator as soon as possible.
     If you do not feel comfortable telling an administrator or a counselor you may report the bullying in an anonymous manner by:
        *Putting the information in your school's Bully Box. (Webb SHLS has a box labeled "Confidential Notes" outside the teachers' copying room).
        *Calling or texting Deputy O'Briant (Webb Campus SRO) at 919-691-1472.
     Please note that it is important to report the incident as soon as possible so that the school's officials are able to investigate the complaint while the incidents are still fresh in the student's minds.
 
2. Counselors/Administrators will conference with the victim and give him/her several different options.  Possible options may include:  
     a) filing a "formal complaint" with the administration
     b) mediation with the perpetrator
     c) discuss strategies to avoid the bullying
At the conclusion of the conference, the victim will be instructed to immediately report any further acts of bullying to the same counselor/administrator.  At that time a formal complaint will be filed and the administration will launch a formal investigation. 

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