Students should be able to enjoy a school environment free from all forms of bullying, harassment, and intimidation. This environment requires a whole-school approach which includes the following elements: prevention, intervention, remediation, and consequences.
Bullying: exposing a student to intentional negative actions on the part of one or more other students which adversely affect the victim’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s educational programs or activities.
Harassment: perceived or actual experiences of discomfort in regard to race, color, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or other identifying characteristics by a student which adversely affects that student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s educational programs or activities.
Intimidation: subjection of a student to intentional action that seriously threatens and induces a sense of fear and/or inferiority which adversely affects that student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s educational program or activities.
Retaliation: an act of reprisal or getting back at a person for an act he/she has committed.
Delinquent Act: offenses committed by a person who is under 18 years of age which would be a crime if committed by an adult.
All reports must be made on the Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Report Form. Forms may be submitted by a student, parents/legal guardians, close relatives, or staff member to school administration. Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Report Forms may be obtained in the school’s main (front) office, counselor’s office, media center, health room, classrooms, and the SMCPS Student Handbook. Forms can be found electronically from the school system’s website, Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation