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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Bullying and Harassment

BULLYING & HARASSMENT 
 
Bullying and other forms of intimidation will not be tolerated in any form and are strictly prohibited by the Atlanta Board of Education Policy (JDCDAG) and Georgia law (O.C.G.A. 20-2-715.1).
 

REPORTING OF BULLYING AND HARASSMENT

You can down load a form or submit a report online.

BULLYING REPORTING FORM
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ONLINE BULLYING REPORTING FORM 
 
All reports of bullying are taken seriously. Reports of bullying or retaliation may be made by staff, students, parents or guardians, or others, and may be oral or written. The Bullying Reporting Form is available in the school’s main office, the counseling office, the school nurse's office, as well as the Atlanta Public Schools’ website. Counselors and administrators can provide assistance to students in filling out the bullying reporting form.
  

Prohibited behaviors must occur on the property of the public school, at an event within the jurisdiction of a public school or at a school-sponsored event.  Reported incidents of bullying, harassment, intimidation or retaliation that have occurred outside the jurisdiction of the school and have not disrupted the school environment shall be reported to the students’ parents/legal guardians. Disciplinary action may also be necessary if off-campus behavior results in a disruption to the school environment. 

 
DEFINITION 

The term “bullying” means an act which occurs on school property, on school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions or activities, or by use of data or software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology provided by the Atlanta Public Schools, that is:

(1)     Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent

present ability to do so;

(2)     Any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate

bodily harm; or

(3)     Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, which a reasonable person would perceive as being

intended to threaten, harass, or intimidate, that:

(A)    Causes another person substantial physical harm within the meaning of O.C.G.A. §16‐5‐23.1 or

visible bodily harm as such term is defined in O.C.G.A. §16‐5‐23.1;

(B)   Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education;

(C)   Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational

environment; or

(D)   Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

 

Bullying is usually repeated over time and is intended to ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the student.  It is important to note that a single negative act may also constitute bullying (if not more serious misconduct) based upon the particular circumstances such as the seriousness of the act and/or the intent of the alleged perpetrator.

 

Bullying and harassment can take various forms:

  1. Physical (including, but not limited to, hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, taking or damaging personal belongings);
  2. Verbal (including, but not limited to, taunting, malicious teasing, name calling, making threats);
  3. Psychological (including, but not limited to, spreading rumors; manipulating social relationships, engaging in social exclusion, extortion or intimidation);
  4. Internet or cyber-bullying (including, but not limited to, the use of instant messaging [IM], e-mail, web sites, chat rooms, and text messaging that is used to bully or harass another student, and when such use interferes with the operation of the school, or infringes upon the general health, safety and well-being of students;
  5. Hazing (including, but not limited to, various forms of bullying and harassment of students by other students in regard to pledging and/or a student's initiation into or affiliation with a school or student related organization or team).

 

Examples of bullying and harassment include, but are not limited, to:

·   Unwanted teasing                                                         Threats, taunts and intimidation by words and/or gestures

·   Physical violence and/or attacks                              Extortion

·   Sexual, religious, or racial harassment                   Public humiliation

·   Destruction of school/personal property                Theft of money and/or personal possessions

·   Rumors or spreading of falsehoods                          Stalking

·   Social exclusion, including incitement and/or coercion

·   Cyberstalking or engaging in conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at or about a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to the victim

·   Cyberbullying or the willful, hostile and repeated harassment and intimidation of a person through the use of digital technologies, including, but not limited to, email, blogs, social networking websites (e.g. MySpace, Facebook, etc.) chat rooms, texts, and instant messaging

·   The use of cameras or camera phones to take embarrassing photographs of students or school employees and posting them online

·   Sending abusive or threatening text messages or instant messages

·   Using websites to circulate gossip and rumors to other students