Bullying is defined as a pattern of abuse over time and involves a student being “picked on.” Bullying includes physical intimidation or assault; extortion; oral or written threats; teasing; put downs; name-calling; threatening looks, gestures, or actions; cruel rumors; false accusations; and social isolation. This also includes cyber-bullying, or bullying that takes place through the use of technology. Bullying on District grounds or at any school activity on or off campus shall not be tolerated.
According to School Board Policy 7:20 Harassment of Students Prohibited Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment Prohibited No person, including a District employee or agent, or student, shall harass, intimidate, or bully a student on the basis of actual or perceived: race; color; national origin; military status; unfavorable discharge status from military service; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender-related identity or expression; ancestry; age; religion; physical or mental disability; order of protection status; status of being homeless; actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy; association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics; or any other distinguishing characteristic. The District will not tolerate harassing, intimidating conduct, or bullying whether verbal, physical, sexual, or visual, that affects the tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, stalking, sexual violence, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, threatened or actual destruction of property, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of the characteristics stated above.
School Board Policy 7:180 refers to bullying prevention.
To report bullying, email HELP@Safe2HelpIL.com including your school name, town and as many details as you feel comfortable sharing.