Charter Board Policy on Bullying
Note: Lincoln Charter School uses the Roar for Peace Program as a support to this policy.
The term “bullying” should not be used when there is a mutual confrontation between two students or groups of students. Bullying includes but is not limited to:
● A student is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other students.
● Direct bullying: A negative action when somebody hits, pushes, kicks, pinches, or restrains another by physical contact. Direct bullying can also be carried out by words (verbally), by threatening, taunting, teasing, and calling names.
● Indirect bullying: Making faces or dirty gestures, intentionally excluding someone from a group, spreading rumors, or refusing to comply with another person’s wishes.
● Cyber-bullying: Using electronic device mediums such as but not limited to computers, tablets , cell phones, and other electronic devices to bully (bullying defined above) others through methods such as posting comments or pictures on blogs or websites, text messaging, instant messaging, and email. This cyber-bullying behavior is not to be confused with terroristic threats, which can be communicated through similar methods.
● The behavior can be either overt or covert in nature utilizing various methods of communication. For example, the term cyber-bullying is being used to describe bullying behavior which occurs on the Internet.
Behavior is clearly bullying when:
There is intent to harm - the perpetrator appears to find pleasure in taunting and continues even when the target’s distress is obvious. Mutual “teasing” should not be confused with bullying behavior.
There is intensity and duration - the taunting continues over a period of time, and is not welcomed by the target.
The intent of this reporting system is to document all incidents of bullying behavior. Incidents which involve law enforcement, although they may fall under the definitions provided, should not be considered the only reportable incidents of bullying behavior.
Degrees of Bullying
● Mild Infractions (Level I) include teasing, name calling, and taunting.
● Moderate Infractions (Level II) include exclusion, gossiping, and inappropriate gestures.
● Severe Infractions (Level III) include racial intimidation, sexual intimidation, and physical threats.
o The classification of degree may also depend on the impact on the victim and/or the duration or frequency of the conduct.