“Bullying” is defined as overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically); physical acts committed; aggression; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student, creating for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
- Places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or property;
- Has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental health;
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance; or
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.
Bullying does not include, and should not be interpreted to impose any burden or sanction on, the following:
- Participating in a religious event;
- Acting in an emergency involving the protection of a person or property from an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or substantial danger;
- Participating in an activity consisting of the exercise of a student’s freedom of speech rights;
- Participating in an activity conducted by a nonprofit or governmental entity that provides recreation, education, training, or other care under the supervision of one (1) or more adults;
- Participating in an activity undertaken at the prior written direction of the student’s parent; or
- Engaging in interstate or international travel from a location outside Indiana to another location outside Indiana.
Bullying is prohibited by the District. Students who commit any acts of bullying are subject to discipline, including, but not limited to, suspension, expulsion, arrest, and/or prosecution.
If you believe your child has been a target of bullying or if you are aware of possible bullying behaviors please contact your child’s administration or guidance office. Contact can be made through phone, email, or in person. In addition, the District will maintain a system that allows for the anonymous reporting of potential or alleged bullying behavior. This anonymous reporting system is posted on each MSDWT school website.