Bullying

No student should be subjected to bullying or harassment that interferes with their ability to learn. No student should be subjected to safety problems that can result from bullying and harassment.

School safety is a priority and we take complaints of bullying very seriously.

What is bullying?

Bullying is defined as a single significant act or a pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and involves engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that:

  • has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or damage to the student's property;
  • is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student;
  • materially or substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school; or
  • infringes on the rights of the victim at school

The definition of bullying includes cyberbullying. This applies to:

  • bullying that occurs on or is delivered to school property or to the site of a school-related activity on or off school property;
  • bullying that occurs on a publicly or privately owned school bus or vehicle being used for transportation of students to or from school-related activity; and
  • cyberbullying that occurs off school property or outside of a school-sponsored or school-related event, if the conduct interferes with a student's educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the operations of school, classroom, or school-related activity.
Our Cybersafety page has more information about cyberbullying and tips and resources to help keep students safe online.

Bullying investigation process

This information presented below is designed to help you understand the bullying investigation process.

Step 1: Bullying report


A teacher talking to a distraught student.The bullying investigation process is initiated as soon as a complaint or allegation of bullying is received.

GISD encourages students, parents or guardians to report acts of bullying to a staff member or through the anonymous tip line.

Teachers and staff members are required to report acts of bullying.

Step 2: Investigation by school administration


School principal speaks with two students in his office.The school administration is notified of the bullying complaint. The complaint is entered and the parents of the alleged victim and perpetrator are notified. The administrator begins investigating the events.

The target, perpetrator and witness (if applicable) are interviewed.

All information for the entire process will be documented.

Step 3: Bullying determination

Adminstrators discussing an incident.Administration will review information and determine if the bullying claim is valid.

Keep in mind that even if a behavior was not considered to rise to the level of bullying, it may still require intervention and discipline.

Step 4: Notification of findings


A parent and administrator resolving a dispute.Parents of all students involved will be informed of the incident and whether the complaint was determined to be bullying or not.

A safety plan may be reviewed.

Step 5: Consequences assigned


Students seen bullying girl at her lockerConsequences will be assigned as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Targets of bullying will not be punished.

Rights to appeal are explained to all parties.

Retaliation against students who report bullying will not be tolerated.

EthicsPoint hotline

Our ethics and compliance hotline offers an additional way to report bullying.

Hotline number

1-800-527-7140

Make an online report

These reporting services are administered by an independent third party and those calling or submitting may remain anonymous.

Resources

District counseling services

David's Legacy Foundation - non-profit dedicated to ending cyber-assisted bullying

Board policies