• Bullying consists of a pattern of repeated harmful behavior by a person with more physical or social power toward a less powerful person. This may include a wide variety of behaviors, with deliberate intent to hurt, embarrass, or humiliate the other person. Researchers have identified four (4) forms of bullying:

    1. Physical - the most commonly known form, includes hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing and taking personal belongings.
    2. Verbal - includes taunting, malicious teasing, name-calling, and making threats.
    3. Psychological or Relational - involves spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, and engaging in social exclusion or intimidation.
    4. Cyberbullying and Cyber harassment - forms of verbal and psychological bullying may also occur on the Internet through email, instant messaging, or personal profile websites such as Facebook. Cyberbullying/cyber harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another student, teacher or employee of the district by sending or posting inappropriate or derogatory email messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or website postings (including blogs). All forms of cyberbullying are unacceptable and, to the extent that such actions are disruptive of the educational process of the district, offenders shall be the subject of appropriate discipline, which may include legal and/or police proceedings.