Bullying is defined as any sort of harassment, intimidation, or otherwise deliberately hurtful behavior by a single person or group of people toward an individual that is carried out repeatedly over time. Bullying requires a perceived imbalance of power that the bully uses to make the target feel uncomfortable, humiliated, ridiculed, or scared. Bullying can be in the form of physical, verbal, or psychological abuse and has an adverse effect on the student’s education and ability to participate in school.
If a student has experienced bullying there are several options available to report the incident:
- Have a parent/guardian call the school
- Go directly to an adult on the campus
- Hand a note to an adult at the school
- Email your teacher or another adult at the school
- Submit the Report Bullying form linked below
To determine if an act of an individual is considered bullying, the district looks at three separate criteria:
- Repeated: Was the action repeated over time?
- Imbalanced: Was the action characterized by an imbalance of power?
- Malicious: Was the action malicious in intent?
It is the policy of Flagler Schools that all of its students and school employees have an educational setting that is safe, secure, and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. The District will not tolerate bullying or harassment of any type against any students, employees, visitors, volunteers or agents who work on school-related activities, subject to the control of school officials. Conduct that constitutes bullying and harassment, as defined herein, is prohibited.
The School Board, in its effort to provide a safe learning environment for all students, will not tolerate bullying, threats, or intimidation by any student. Any act of coercion, bullying, or making a person fearful of being harmed or any declaration of intent through words or acts to do bodily harm to another person or to destroy, damage, or steal his/her property will be considered a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and this policy. Students who violate this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the provisions of the code of Student Conduct and Florida Statutes.
Mental Health Minute: Bullying
In this video, a Flagler Schools Mental Health Counselor discusses the impact of bullying and provides helpful coping strategies for families.