Student Handbook


 

Bullying & Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is the use of electronic information and communication devices to willfully and repeatedly harm either a person or persons through the medium of electronic text, photos, or videos. Examples of behavior include but are not limited to:

•    Sending/posting false, cruel, hurtful or vicious messages/comments
•    Creating websites that have stories, cartoons, pictures, and jokes ridiculing others.
•    Breaking into an email account and sending vicious or embarrassing materials to others.
•    Engaging someone in electronic communication, tricking that person into revealing sensitive personal information and forwarding that information to others.
•    Posting of a student picture without their permission.
•    Bullying of this nature creates a hostile, disruptive environment on the school campus and is a violation of the students’ and staff members’ right to be safe and secure. Actions deliberately threatening, harassing, intimidating an individual or group of individuals, placing an individual in reasonable fear of harm or damaging the individual’s property; or disrupting the orderly operation of the school, will not be tolerated.

Education Codes 48900.4 and 48900 (r), strictly prohibit harassment or bullying of any kind and such behavior is subject to consequences, including possible expulsion.

•Sexually explicit material that is transmitted electronically may result in parents or police being notified, and that material may be reported as suspected child abuse or neglect.
•All students involved in the transmission and/ or possession of such images or text may be disciplined under California Education Code 48900 (i): Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
•If reasonable suspicion exists that a student has been involved in possessing or transmitting such material, the electronic device involved may be confiscated and searched by school officials.
•The transmission of such material involving another student may be punished under California Education Code 48900 (r): Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivisions (f) and (g) of Section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel.

Additionally, Education Code 48900 (k) states that any disruption of school activities or otherwise willful defiance of the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties can also lead to suspension
*** Education Codes 48900.4 “Harassment, threats, or intimidation creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment”
***Education Code 48900 (k) “Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties”
***Education Code 48900 (i) “Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity
*** Education Code 48900 (r) “Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivisions (f) and (k) of Section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel”

ACTION STEPS TO RESPOND TO BULLYING OR HARASSMENT

•    Inform a school official immediately
•    Save the evidence. Print the online harassing text if possible
•    Identify the bully
•    Clearly tell the bully to stop
•    Ignore the bully by leaving the online environment and/or blocking communications
•    File a complaint with the Internet or cell phone company
•    Contact the bully’s parents
•    Contact the police