“Bullying” is defined as any gesture or written, verbal, g r a p h i c , or physical act (including electronically
transmitted acts – i.e. internet, telephone or cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or wireless hand held device)
that, without regard to its subject matter or motivating animus, is intended or that a reasonable person would know is
likely to harm one (1) or more students either directly or indirectly by doing any of the following:
• substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one (1) or more students;
• adversely affecting the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the school district’s educational
programs or activities by placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress;
• having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a student’s physical or mental health; and/or
• causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.
• Bullying can be physical, verbal, psychological, or a combination of all three. Some examples of bullying are:
• Physical – hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, pulling; taking and/or damaging personal belongings or extorting money, blocking or impeding student movement, unwelcome physical contact.
• Verbal – taunting, malicious teasing, insulting, name calling, making threats.
• Psychological – spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, coercion, or engaging in social
exclusion/shunning, extortion, or intimidation. This may occur in a number of different ways, including
but not limited to notes, emails, social media postings, and graffiti