W-SR Junior High School Student to Student Bullying / Harassment Defining Harassment “Any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions: Defining Harassment Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property. Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s academic performance. Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by the school. See Also: WSR Jr. High Student Handbook p. 8 Defining Harassment The Iowa Civil Rights Act covers the following protected areas: COLOR RACE DISABILITY SEX PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES NATIONAL ORIGIN MENTAL ATTRIBUTES GENDER IDENTITY CREED RELIGION POLITICAL PREFERENCE MARITAL STATUS SOCIO-ECONOMIC STAT SEXUAL ORIENTATION FAMILY STATUES ANCESTRY AGE Defining Harassment Hostile Environment “Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.” A Legal Memorandum: NASSP September 1997 “Why do they do it?” Bullying is about power. Physical Intimidation Psychological Intimidation FEAR = Power to a bully! Committee for Children L. Walls Waverly-Shell Rock Community Schools Bullying / Harassment Physical Attributes Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Race or Ethnicity Board Policy 104 Bullying & Harassment “The wrong thing said …to the wrong person…at the wrong time …” If you don’t know. DON’T SAY IT! “The Thin Line.” The Thin Line. Welcome Feels Good You feel special Reciprocal Comfortable Makes you smile Positive self-esteem Healthy & fun Unwelcome Feels Bad You feel humiliated One-way Uncomfortable Makes you sad Is demeaning “Sick” and hurtful The Thin Line. “If you’re not sure. Don’t say it. Don’t do it.” Welcome Feels Good You feel special Mutual Comfortable Makes you smile Positive self-esteem Healthy & fun X X X X X X X X Unwelcome Feels Bad You feel humiliated One-way Uncomfortable Makes you sad Is demeaning “Sick” and hurtful Waverly - Shell Rock Community Schools Retaliation Board Policy 104 “So what can I do?” 1. Tell the person to “Stop”. 2. Tell a friend & get help together. 3. Tell an adult. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. 4. Keep a journal of what has happened and where. Witnesses to these acts are always helpful. 5. Be “proactive” in a positive manner. If you are able to come forward; you may be helping someone else. The Last Word…. Understand that “telling on or tattling” is done to get someone into trouble. REPORTING or asking for help is done to get someone out of trouble.