The District strictly prohibits the bullying/cyberbullying of a district pupil, and also prohibits the retaliation or false accusation against a target of bullying, a witness, or another person with reliable information about an act of bullying. All students are protected under this policy; bullying is prohibited at school regardless of its subject matter or motivating animus.
The District will not tolerate or condone any act of bullying, cyberbullying, regardless of the motive, including, but not limited to, bias or discrimination toward any person on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, gender identification, height, weight, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, and/or any other distinguishing characteristic or association with another person who has, or is perceived to have, any distinguishing characteristic.
Bullying/cyberbullying is prohibited “at school,” meaning on school premises, at school-sponsored activities or events, on a school bus or related vehicle, at official bus stops, or on a telecommunications access device or service provider owned by or under the school’s control. “Telecommunications access device” and “ telecommunications service provider” means those terms as defined in Section 219a of the Penal Code (MCL§750.219a). Bullying/cyberbullying that does not occur at school, including “cyber-bullying,” may be subject to disciplinary action if it causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
Normally, bullying/cyberbullying will be treated as a Category II offense, but depending on the severity of the circumstances, bullying may be treated as a Category III offense.
If a student suspects or has been a witness to bullying or cyberbullying, he/she should report the incident to a staff member.