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
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.
Bullying: No student shall bully another student or students. Bullying can occur on school property or through school technology resources, but can also occur through the use of electronic communication, whether or not that communication originated on school property or with school technology resources, if the electronic communication:a. is directed specifically at students or school personnel,
b. is maliciously intended for the purpose of threatening the safety of those specified or substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school, AND
c. Creates a reasonable fear of harm to the students' or school personnel's person or property or has a high likelihood of succeeding in that purpose.
Electronic communication includes but is not limited to any transfer of signs, signals, writings, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system.
Bullying behavior is defined as:
Examples of bullying and harassment include, but are not limited, to: