Reporting A Bully

TCMS has a zero tolerance policy on bullying and harassment. Bullying is defined as: systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment, or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation.

Harassment is defined as: any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or
written, verbal, or physical conduct directed against a student or school employee that:
1. Places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or damage to his/her
property;
2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits;
or
3. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school.

Bullying or harassment is prohibited:
(a) During any education program or activity conducted by a public K-12 educational institution;
(b) During any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity or on a school bus of a public K-12
educational institution;
(c) Through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or
computer network of a public K-12 educational institution.
*This policy is aligned with Proposed Florida Law HB 669, Legislative Session 2008.

What can you (student) do if you are being bullied?
-- Ignore the bully, tell him/her to stop and walk away whenever the bullying starts.
-- Tell an adult you trust. This is not tattling; it is reporting. All students have the right to be safe and adults can take action to make certain bullying stops.
-- If you feel you have solved the problem on your own, tell an adult anyway in the event it happens again.
-- An adult you trust may be a teacher, the guidance counselor, the school’s principal or someone in administration, a parent, a family member or a friend’s parent. If you find it difficult to talk about being bullied, you might find it easier to write down what has been happening and give it to an adult you trust.

HANDBOOK POLICY:
Substantiated Bullying
First Offense: Two days at home suspension
Second Offense: Three days at home suspension
Third Offense: Up to five days suspension, return status pending
conference with Administration and if returning student placed on a behavior management plan.

Cyber Bullying
First Offense: Two days at home suspension
Second Offense: Three days at home suspension
ThirdOffense: Up to five days suspension, return status pending
conference with Administration and if returning student placed on a behavior management plan.

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