WHAT IS BULLYING?
Defined in the Education Code as a single significant act or pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression through electronic means, or physical conduct against another student that:
- Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, or damaging the student’s property; or
- Places a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student’s person;
- Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for that student;
- Materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school; or
- Infringes on the rights of the targeted student at school.
BULLYING INCLUDES CYBERBULLYING.
This state law on bullying prevention applies to:
- Bullying that occurs on or is delivered to school property or to the site of a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property;
- Bullying that occurs on a publicly or privately owned school bus or vehicle being uses for transportation of students to or from school or a school-sponsored or school-related activity; and
- Cyberbullying that occurs off school property or outside of a school-sponsored or school-related activity if the cyberbullying interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a classroom, school, or school-sponsored or school-related activity.
Procedures for Reporting Allegations of Bullying in Alief ISD
The district prohibits bullying on school property, at school-sponsored or school-related activities, or in any vehicle operated by the district. Bullying may be verbal or written expression or expression through electronic means, or physical conduct. Bullying is not tolerated by the district and any student or parent of a student who believes that the student or another student has experienced bullying or that a student has engaged in bullying is encouraged to immediately report the incident. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of district policy and is prohibited.
Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying, orally or in writing, to a teacher, counselor, principal or other district employee. Students or parents may contact the student’s Assistant Principal to complete an Investigation of Behavior form. The campus administrator will conduct the investigation and follow up on any other important matters pertaining to the alleged incident. We encourage you to communicate with your designated campus administrator during this time.
More information about the district’s bullying policy can be found on the district website or the campus administration office. Direct link for Board Policy Online regarding bullying is http://pol.tasb.org/Policy/Search/584?filter=bullying.