Bullying and Harassment
Bullying and harassment of any form are very serious and are, therefore, suspendable or expellable offenses. In some instances, legal action can and will be pursued. Teachers are ‘mandatory reporters’ for bullying and harassment, meaning that they are legally required to report instances of bullying and harassment about which they are aware.
Students who feel they are being bullied or harassed or see instances of bullying or harassment should immediately go to any staff member, guidance counselor, administrator, or dean.
BPS BULLYING HOTLINE 617- 592- 2378
Bullying involves an individual or a group repeatedly harming another person— physically, verbally, or socially. Sometimes these harmful actions are plainly visible, but other times, such as when gossip and rumors are used to isolate the target, the actions are covert.
Some examples of bullying or harassment:
● Physical - punching, pushing, tripping, hiding someone’s bag, or destruction of property
● Verbal - teasing, name-calling, or intimidating
● Social - ostracizing (repeatedly excluding an individual from a group or activity) or spreading hurtful rumors
● Sexual - comments, gestures, actions, or attention that is intended to hurt, offend, or intimidate another person- focusing on things like a person's appearance, body parts, or sexual orientation
--“willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.”
Some examples of cyber bullying:
● Sending mean text, email, or instant messages
● Posting nasty pictures or messages about others in blogs, social networks, or on websites
● Using someone else’s user name to spread rumors or lies about someone