Bullying Prevention

What is “bullying” and how do I make it stop?

Here are some specific guidelines to help you analyze bullying behaviors. In addition, if you believe your child is being bullied, contact your child’s principal or report the incident using the Safe Schools Tip Line.

Rough Play Fighting Teasing Harassment Bullying
  • Usually friends; peers have a relationship
  • Usually not friends
  • Between peers of similar size, physical ability, and power
  • Words, conduct, or action directed at a specific person
  • Imbalance of power between the people involved
  • Intention is to have fun, not provoke or intimidate
  • Intention is negative, aggressive, desire to inflict injury or discomfort
  • Intention is to provoke, not intimidate
  • Intention is to annoy, alarm, or causes substantial distress
  • Intention is negative, aggressive, desire to inflict injury or discomfort, to humiliate/ insult, cause harm, distress, and or intimidate
  • Can be repeated due to the relationship
  • Usually not repeated
  • Stops when one of the peers expresses displeasure
  • With no justification and can be repeated
  • Involves a pattern of behavior that is repeated or very severe
  • Facial expressions reflect enjoyment: smiling, neutral face, laughter
  • Can vary, but often is relatively equal between peers of similar size, physical ability, and power

  • Based on actual or perceived:
  • Involves aggressive behavior (could be verbal, doesn’t have to be physical)
  • Involves physical aggression
  • Facial expressions reflect anger: staring, face with furrowed eyebrows, tense, hostile

  • Involves physical aggression

4 Factors of Bullying
Involves an aggressive behavior
Typically involves a patter of behavior reported over time
Imbalance of power or strength
Intended to cause harm or distress

Supporting bullying prevention and intervention efforts
House Bill 276 requires each public school district in Ohio to adopt anti-bullying and harassment policies. Mason City Schools adopted its version of the policy in compliance with the law in 2007.

The policy states:
Bullying, harassment and intimidation is an intentional written, verbal or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once. The intentional act also includes violence within a dating relationship. The behavior causes both mental or physical harm to the other student and is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student. This behavior is prohibited on school property or at a school-sponsored activity. Permission, consent or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing, bullying, and/or dating violence does not lessen the prohibition contained in this policy.

Prohibited activities of any type including those activities engaged in via computer and/or electronic communications devices, are inconsistent with the educational process and are prohibited at all times. No administrator, teacher or other employee of the District shall encourage, permit, condone or tolerate any hazing and/or bullying activities. No students, including leaders of student organizations, are permitted to plan, encourage or engage in any hazing and/or bullying.

Administrators, teachers and all other District employees are particularly alert to possible conditions,circumstances or events which might include hazing, bullying and/or dating violence. If any of the prohibited behaviors are planned or discovered, involved students are informed by the discovering school district employee of the prohibition contained in this policy and are required to end all such activities immediately. All hazing, bullying and/or dating violence incidents are reported immediately to the Superintendent/Designee and the appropriate discipline is administered.

Questions regarding this policy can be directed to Todd Petrey, Chief Operations Officer at 398-0474 ext. 20148.

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