Bullying Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Mountain Lakes High School is committed to creating a safe, caring, respectful learning environment for all students. Bullying of students is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. For the purposes of the policy, “school” includes school buildings, school grounds, and school-sponsored social events, trips, sporting events, buses, and bus stops. Reported incidents of bullying will be investigated promptly and thoroughly by school administration. Ed. Code section 48900 R specifies that school officials may utilize suspension and/or expulsion for students involved in bullying activities at school.

Definition of Bullying:

Bullying is a pattern of aggressive, intentional or deliberately hostile behavior that occurs repeatedly and over time. Bullying behaviors normally fall into three categories, physical, emotional, and verbal, and may include, but are not limited to, intimidation, assault; extortion; oral or written threats; teasing; putdowns; name-calling; threatening looks; gestures, or actions; rumors; false accusations; hazing, social isolation, and cyber-bullying (electronically transmitted acts of harassment, including e-mails, text messaging, public accessible web sites, and related electronic communication).

Preventative Measures:

  1. Student Instruction/Awareness
    Bullying behaviors are unacceptable. All students will be provided with information about the various types of behavior that constitutes bullying, and of the consequences for engaging in bullying behaviors. 
  2. Staff Awareness/Action
    School personnel shall receive in-service training on anti-bullying policy to ensure a consistent approach is adopted on a school-wide basis. The school administration requires all staff members who observe, suspect, or become aware of an act of bullying to immediately notify an administrator.
  3. Student/Parent Action
    The school encourages students and parents who become aware of an act of bullying to immediately report the incident(s) to a school administrator for further investigation. Any student who retaliates against another for reporting bullying will also be subject to consequences.

Complaint/Investigative Procedure:

All students shall be informed of their right to protection against bullying behaviors and the right to file a complaint if they believe they have been the victim of bullying behavior. School administrators are responsible for investigating each complaint, determining if the complaint is legitimate in accordance with the above definition, and taking appropriate corrective action. Any student (be they the victim or the bystander) may initiate a complaint by completing a confidential reporting form and returning it to a building administrator.

Intervention/Consequences:

Reports of bullying are taken seriously and shall be dealt with quickly and effectively. If a student is found guilty of bullying behavior the consequences shall depend on both the results of the investigation and the severity of the incident. Consequences may include but are not limited to mediation, a parent conference, counseling, suspension, expulsion, or referral to local law enforcement agency.

 
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