“Bullying” includes “cyberbullying” and means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students, employees or visitors. It is further defined as unwanted and repeated written, verbal or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation; and may involve but is not limited to: teasing, threats, intimidation, stalking, cyberstalking, physical violence, sexual, religious, or racial harassment, public or private humiliation, destruction of property, or theft.

Examples or types of bullying include, but are not limited to:

Physical: punching, shoving, poking, strangling, hair-pulling, beating, biting or excessive tickling;
Verbal: hurtful name-calling, teasing or gossip;
Emotional (psychological): rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, humiliating, blackmailing, rating/ranking of personal characteristics such as race, disability, ethnicity, or perceived sexual orientation, manipulating friendships, isolating, ostracizing or pee pressure;
Sexual: many of the actions listed above as well as exhibitionism, voyeurism, sexual propositioning, sexual harassment and abuse involving actual physical contact and sexual assault. In many cases, gender and cross-gender sexual harassment may also qualify as bullying;
Cyber-bullying: the use of information and communication technologies such as email,social media sites, cell phone, and text messages, instant messaging (IM), defamatory personal web sites, and defamatory online personal pooling web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to threaten or harm others, or which substantially disrupts or interferes with the operation of a school or an individual student’s ability to receive an education.

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