Bullying is a problem in many spheres of our culture: it exists in relationships in the work place, in families and in communities. While bullying exists throughout the community, public schools are in a unique position to educate children and adolescents about its presence, danger and negative consequences. Schools can also teach behaviors that will protect students from the harmful effects of bullying.
We are committed to providing a safe and civil environment for all students, employees, parents or guardians, volunteers, and visitors. While bullying behavior is unacceptable, the school community should remember that education is a developmental process and should not rush to criminalize bullying behavior.
Bullying is characterized by…
- Repetitive behavior
- Physical or emotional harm
- An imbalance in power