BULLYING (Defined by the Spur ISD Student Handbook)
Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic methods, or physical conduct against another student on school property, at a school-sponsored or –related activity, or in a district operated vehicle, and the behavior: • Results in harm to the student or the student’s property, • Places a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or of damage to the student’s property, or • Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment.
Bullying is prohibited by the district and could include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, assault, demands for money, confinement, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name-calling, rumor-spreading, or ostracism. In some cases, bullying can occur through electronic methods, called “cyber-bullying.”
If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed bullying of another student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, school counselor, principal, or another district employee as soon as possible to obtain assistance and intervention. The administration will investigate any allegations of bullying and will take appropriate disciplinary action.
If an investigation indicates that bullying has occurred, the administration will take appropriate disciplinary action. Disciplinary or other action may be taken even if the conduct did not rise to the level of bullying. The district will also contact the parents of the victim and of the student who was found to have engaged in the bullying. Available counseling options will be provided to these individuals, as well as to any students who have been identified as witnesses to the bullying.
Any retaliation against a student who reports an incident of bullying is prohibited.
Are you being bullied? Do you know of someone who is being bullied? Fill out this form with as much information as you can give. These reports will be submitted to your campus administrator and will be investigated.