What is harassment/bullying?
Simply put, harassment is a repeated negative behavior that takes advantage of a less powerful person. The negative behavior may involve physical violence, name-calling, shunning, shaming, threatening, and/or cyber-bullying. Hitting, name calling,shunning, and shaming are all forms of bullying
What is Cyber-bullying?
Cyber-bullying is bullying using electronic devices to initiate repeated negative behavior toward a less-powerful person. Electronic name-calling, shunning and shaming are all forms of cyber-bullying. So are spreading rumors, gossiping and making threats online. Schools are permitted to discipline students who engage in cyber-bullying if it disrupts the orderly operation of school.
To restate - for an action to be considered, it needs to meet the following definition: Harassment, intimidation, or bullying means any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated because of his or her perception of the victim’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, or sensory handicap or other distinguishing characteristics, when the intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act:
1. Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or
3. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
4. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school