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What is Bullying?

Bullying is defined as systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees.  The term “bullying” shall include “cyber-bullying.”  It is further defined as unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by a student or adult that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation; and may involve but is not limited to:

  • teasing
  • social exclusion
  • threat
  • intimidation
  • stalking
  • physical violence
  • theft
  • sexual, religious, and racial harassment
  • public humiliation
  • destruction of property

Bullying components can be defined in the acronym RIP:

  • Repeated – occurs more than once
  • Imbalance of Power – when a student, adult, or group is older, larger, or perceived to be smarter and/or more popular than the other and unfairly takes advantage of the unlevel playing field
  • Purposeful – deliberate goal or intent
For more information, refer to the VCS Bullying & Harassment Prevention, Intervention, & Documentation Guide.

What is Harassment?

Harassment involves any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing act or gesture; use of data or computer software; or written, verbal, or physical conduct directed against a student or school employee which places a student or school board employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property; has the effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits; or has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school or activity.

For more information, refer to the VCS Bullying & Harassment Prevention, Intervention, & Documentation Guide.

How to Report Bullying and/or Harassment

Students can make a report by submitting a Bullying and/or Harassment Reporting Form to the School Counseling Office. This form can be completed anonymously.