Bullying

  • BULLYING

    Basic Components of Bullying

    ·  Repeated – Incidents of bullying happen multiple times by the same person or group of people toward the same individual.

    ·  Intentional – There is intent to harm an individual through actions and/or words.

    ·  Power-based – The incident occurs where there is an unbalance of power between the individuals.

     

    School Response to Bullying Incidents

            First Offense:

    1. Administrator and counselor will work with each other when a bullying incident is reported.

    2.    The student reporting will fill out the CMS Student Bullying/Bystander Report on his/her own.

    3.    The counselor will meet with the student who filled out the report and discuss it.  The counselor and administrator will determine if this is an incident of bullying.  If it meets the criteria, the counselor will explain to the student the next steps (counselor meeting with the accused bully and follow up) and call the student’s parent.

    4.    The accused bully will fill out the Bullying Behavior Interview on his/her own first and will then meet with the counselor to discuss it.  The counselor will also explain next steps to the accused bully (warning, phone call home and follow up).

     

    If the bullying continues (same target or different targets), the following consequences will occur:

             Second Offense:     Meeting with student, parent, counselor and administrator and up to three (3) school days in-school suspension/Student Support Center

             Subsequent  Offenses:       Additional consequences which may include OSS.

     

    The follow-up conversations with the accused bully and the target are crucial.  Both the target and accused bully will have follow-up conversations to check on any repeated incidents or incidents of retaliation.