Harassment, Verbal Bullying, Hazing

Verbal Assaults Committed Against School Personnel

Any student in grade 6 or above who commits a verbal assault on school property, on a school bus or other school related vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event against a district employee or against a person engaged as a volunteer or contractor for the district shall be expelled by the Board for up to 180 days.  The Board may modify the expulsion period on a case-by-case basis. 

For the purpose of this policy "verbal assault" shall be defined as any willful verbal threat, including bomb threat, which is intended to place another in fear of immediate physical contact which will be painful and injurious, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act.

Verbal Assaults Committed Against Other Students

Any student in grade 6 or above who commits, a verbal assault on school property, on a school bus or other school related vehicle, or at a school sponsored-activity or event against a fellow student shall be expelled by the Board for up to 180 days.  The Board may modify the expulsion period on a case by case basis. 

For the purpose of this policy "verbal assault" shall be defined as any willful verbal threat, including bomb threat, which is intended to place another in fear of immediate physical contact which will be painful and injurious, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act.

Student Anti-Hazing/Bullying Policy

The Board of Education believes that hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational process and prohibits all such activities at any time in school facilities, on school property, and at any District sponsored event.
 

Bullying Prohibited

Bullying is a form of harassment.  For the purpose of this policy, “bullying” is defined as:
“The repeated intimidation of others by the real or threatened infliction of physical, verbal, written, electronically transmitted, or emotional abuse, or through attacks on the property of another.  It may include, but not be limited to, actions such as verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs, including ethnically-based or gender based verbal put-downs, extortion of money or possessions, and exclusion from peer groups within school.”
Such conduct is disruptive of the educational process and, therefore bullying is not acceptable behavior in this District, and is prohibited.  Students who engage in any act of bullying while at school, at any school function in connection to or with any District-sponsored activities or events, or while en route to or from school are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or expulsion.  As may be required by law, law enforcement or officials shall be notified of bullying incidents. 
This policy shall not be interpreted to prohibit a reasoned and civil exchange of opinions or debate that is protected by state or federal law.
 

Hazing Prohibited

Soliciting, encouraging, aiding, or engaging in “hazing” on school property at any time, or in connection with any activity supported or sponsored by the District, whether on or off school property, is strictly prohibited.  “Hazing” means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act meant to induce physical pain, embarrassment, humiliation, deprivation of rights or that creates physical or mental discomfort, and is directed against a student for the purpose of being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization, club or athletic team sponsored or supported by the District, and whose membership is totally or predominately other students from the District. 
 

Students engaging in any hazing or hazing-type behavior that is, in any way, connected to any activity sponsored or supported by the District, will be subject to one or more of the following disciplinary actions:

��Removal from participation in extra-curricular activities

��Conference with parent(s)/guardian(s)

��Suspension for up to 10 days

��Long term suspension for the remainder of the school term

��Long term suspension for the remainder of the school year i.e.: Longer than one term or semester, but less than a full school year

��Referral to an appropriate law enforcement agency

��Permanent expulsion from the School District

Last Modified on May 10, 2011
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