Kirby School District 140 believes one of its primary responsibilities is the establishment of a safe learning environment for all students. The School District will require and support immediate attention to any behaviors that threaten the well-being of students and affect the student's educational environment.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Students who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Those who bully use their power - such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity - to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
To report an incidence of bullying, a student (or an adult on the student's behalf) should contact a staff member or administrator (classroom teacher, principal, school counselor, or social worker). Students or parents can also anonymously report any suspicious activity, bullying or other sensitive issues to the school office.
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