Whitaker Elementary

Bullying & Harassment


 

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying behavior by any student in the Finneytown Local School District is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. "Harassment, intimidation, or bullying", in accordance with R.C. 3313.666 means any intentional written, verbal, graphic or physical act including electronically transmitted acts i.e., Internet, cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or wireless hand-held device, either overt or covert, by a student or group of students toward other students including violence within a dating relationship, with the intent to harass, intimidate, injure, threaten, ridicule, or humiliate. Such behaviors are prohibited on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school provided transportation, or at any official school bus stop that a reasonable person under the circumstances shouldknow will have the effect of:

 
       
 

A.

Causing mental or physical harm to the other students including placing an individual in reasonable fear of physical harm and/or damaging of students’ personal property; and,

 
       
 

B.

Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other students.

 

Student Bullying Reporting System

Students and parents have access to the Student Bullying Reporting System, a 24/7 hotline and anonymous reporting system that allows for the reporting of harmful behavior in a non-threatening environment. 

This system immediately notifies principals of behaviors or threats so that they can intervene before a situation escalates. 
 
To anonymously report an incident click here.
Bullying has serious and lasting effects.  While these effects may also be caused by other factors, research has shown bullying has significant effects for those who are bullied.

August 2013 - February 2014 Bullying Report - This report provides the number of hotline and online reports by category submitted during the time period.

Aug. 2015 - Feb. 2016 Bullying Report


Definitions of Bullying

  • Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is NEVER called cyberbullying.
     
  • Bullying refers to actions repeated over time which harm, harass, intimidate, or humiliate another person. Typically, there is an imbalance of power (e.g., a difference in physical strength, or popularity) which makes it difficult for the bullied child to defend himself or herself.

  • Bullying may be physical, verbal, relational (e.g., exclusion or isolation), in-person or electronic ("cyberbullying"), direct (e.g., hitting, texting a negative message to a child, insulting a child) or indirect (encouraging another person to hurt a child, spreading rumors). It can take place at school or off school grounds.

  • Bullying differs from rough and tumble play or friendly teasing because in these types of interactions the 'targeted' child varies (one child does not consistently dominate the other), and children display remorse when a playmate is inadvertently upset and hurt.

  • The phrase "harassment, intimidation and bullying" ("HIB") is often used in place of the term "bullying"; it is equivalent.

  • "Bias-based bullying" is commonly used to describe bullying in which legally protected characteristics (such as sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, and religion) are targeted.

Bullying Resources

National Criminal Justice Reference Service, U. S. Department of Justice
This Web page provides access to resources on Internet safety. The list of resources provides links to publications and other resources, such as, general Internet safety, Internet safety for children, and cyberbullying / cyberstalking.
 
National School Safety Center 
In an effort to keep our children safe and give them the best education possible it’s important to be aware of bullying and the harm that it can do.
 
StopBullying.gov
Provides information from various government agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.
The mission of Bullies to Buddies is to create harmony in the school, home, workplace, politics and elsewhere by teaching the practical application of the Golden Rule.
 
Anti-bullying Network
The Anti-Bullying Network is an independent operation that supports anti-bullying work in schools and to offer anti-bullying services which include the provision of training, publications and consultancy services.