What is Bullying?
Was the behavior negative or malicious?
If you answered no: Remember that sometimes, harmful behavior is an accident or unintentional. Students need to apologize and make amends.
Did the behavior happen more than once?
If you answered no: Students may need additional instruction and direction for behavior correction.
Did the incident occur on school property, at a school event, on the school bus or at the bus stop?
If you answered no: Law enforcement should be contacted to report neighborhood conflicts or other off-campus issues.
Did the behavior disrupt the learning environment?
If you answered no: You are indicating that the student or students continue doing well academically, is attending school, and does not feel harmed or threatened, therefore student safety is not an issue.
Is there an imbalance in strength or power, or an attempt to create an imbalance?
If you answered no: Peer conflicts, competition and rivalries are normal parts of student growth and development. School staff can assist with this if necessary.
If you’re unsure if you or your child is being bullied, the following checklist can help. All items must be answered “yes” for behavior to be considered bullying or harassment. If you answer “yes” to all items, please report the behavior immediately.
Your concerns are important, even if the behavior does not constitute bullying or harassment. Please contact your school administration, guidance counselor or teacher, or the Polk County Public Schools Bullying Prevention Team if you need additional support. Threats of physical harm should be reported to law enforcement immediately.