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Draft copy of prohibition against bullying policy

Posted Sunday, December 26, 2004

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The Chatham County Board of Education recognizes that bullying and intimidation have a negative effect on school climate. Students who are intimidated and fearful cannot give their education the single-minded attention needed for success. Bullying can also lead to more serious violence.

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Bullying can include physical, verbal, or exclusionary acts. Physical bullying can include, but is not limited to, hitting, kicking, pushing, choking, and punching. Verbal bullying can include, but is not limited to, teasing, taunting, threatening, starting rumors, and hate speech. Exclusionary behavior can include, but is not limited to, acts to exclude others from activities. This does not mean that a child should not have the right to choose to play, or not to play, with another child; it means that children should not be allowed to systematically exclude others.

Prohibited Behavior

Bullying is prohibited. Chatham County Schools and staff shall not tolerate any bullying on school property and grounds or at any school activity on or off campus. Bullying may include a pattern of abuse over time and involves a student being “picked on.” Bullying includes physical intimidation or assault; extortion; oral or written threats; excessive or cruel teasing; putdowns; name-calling; threatening gestures or actions; cruel rumors; false accusations; harassment or discriminatory acts; and, social isolation.

Intervention and Investigation

Staff members who observe or become aware of an act of bullying are to take immediate, appropriate steps to intervene. Significant incidents will also be reported to school administrators.

Students, teachers and parents shall report bullying. Students and parents who become aware of an act of bullying should report it to the teacher. The teacher will report significant incidents to the school principal for further investigation. Any student who retaliates against another for reporting bullying may be subject to the consequences described below.

Upon learning about a bullying incident, the principal or designee shall interview those involved and investigate as necessary.

Consequences

Consequences for students who bully others shall depend on the results of the investigation and may include a warning or directive to the student(s) involved, counseling, a parent conference, in-school suspension, suspension and/or expulsion, as may be allowed by law. Depending on the severity of the incident, the principal may also take appropriate steps to ensure student safety, which may include reporting incidents to law enforcement agencies.

Legal Reference: G.S. 115C-47, -391; N.C. State Board of Education Policy Against Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination.

Draft Author(s): Beverly Crotts and Darlene Cooley

Response Deadline: 01/21/2005

 
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