Steps to Address Bullying
Means any intentional written, verbal, graphic, or physical act that a student or group of students exhibited toward other particular student more than once and the behavior both:
1) Causes mental or physical harm to the other student
2) Is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student.
Step 1: Report incident to GMS staff member
Any incident that may have the characteristics of bullying behavior should be immediately reported to a GMS staff member.
Step 2: Investigation
All reports of bullying incidents should be recorded and investigated in a timely fashion. All information concerning complaints or incidents of bullying should be treated confidentially at all times. When talking with parents, teachers and administrators cannot name the other students involved and cannot indicate disciplinary measures utilized. Early intervention is most effective before patterns of behavior are established.
Step 3: Remediation/Consequences
It is the responsibility of the GMS staff to use violations of the school rules as opportunities to help students improve their social and emotional skills, accept personal responsibility for their learning environment, and understand consequences for poor choices and behaviors. A clear distinction exists between remediation and consequences.
a) Remediation, can be an effective prevention practice. Remediation measures are intended to correct the problem behavior, prevent a reoccurrence, protect and provide support for the victim and take corrective action for documented systemic problems related to bullying and harassment. Remediation measures allow the student an opportunity to reflect on behaviors, learn pro-social skills and make amends to those affected.
b) Consequences,tend to be punitive in nature and should be used only when appropriate and almost always in conjunction with remediation measures
• Age and developmental maturity of the students involved
• Nature, frequency and severity of the behaviors
• Relationships of the parties involved
• Context in which the alleged incidents occurred
• Patterns of past or continuing behaviors
• Other circumstances that may play a role
Examples of Consequences
Reprimand /conference with student (verbal warning)
Temporary removal from the classroom
Deprivation of privileges
Parental Notification – Report/Letter sent home to Parent(s)
Parental Notification - Phone call to parent
In school suspension
Out of school suspension
Report to law enforcement if required
DON’T BULLY A BULLDOG!