Bullying Prevention

Definition: For the purposes of this policy, “bullying” is defined as any overt act or combination of acts, including an act conducted by electronic means, directed against a student by another student or group of students and which: is repeated over time; is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the student; and either: occurs during the school day on school property, on a school bus or at a school- sponsored activity; or does not occur during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity and can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student’s right to access educational programs.

Examples of bullying include: Name-calling and verbal taunts Physical threats or actual physical harm Off-campus text messages or social media posts that ridicule or intimidate to the extent that the targeted student is not able to fully access the school’s programs In order to be bullying, incidents such as the ones described above must be repeated over time, directed at a particular student, and intended to ridicule, humiliate or intimidate. In some cases, acts of bullying may constitute unlawful harassment, where the conduct is based on or motivated by a student’s or student’s family member’s actual or perceived.

Who should I talk to at TVMHS if I experience or witness bullying? You should speak to the principal, Mr. Fitzgerald or the assistant principal, Mrs. Monroe.

Bullying Resources:

What is Bullying?

Model Procedures on the Prevention of Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying