Anti-Bullying Policy

Belief Statement
Buck Mountain Central School community is committed to the elimination of bullying through the positive involvement and ongoing education of students, parents and staff.  It is the belief of the Buck Mountain Central School community that students are not inherently bullies but rather that bullying is a learned behavior and the behaviors of the bully, the bullied, and the bystanders can be changed.

The Buck Mountain Central School community is committed to the creation of a safe and caring environment for all students which promotes respect for all and to that end, has zero acceptance of bullying behavior.  A disciplinary process will be used to address any incidents of bullying behavior while still leaving the dignity of all students intact.

What is Bullying?

Bullying can be best defined as a behavior that is intended to cause, or should be known to cause people to feel uncomfortable or threatened.  Bullying is an action that hurts, frightens, upsets, or demeans someone else.  It can be committed by a group or a single individual and may involve repeated and systematic harassment and attacks or a single incident of inappropriate conduct designed to harass or intimidate a victim.  Bullying can take many forms, none of which are acceptable.  The main types of bullying include:

VERBAL

PHYSICAL

RELATIONAL

CYBER BULLYING

Name calling/putdowns

Hitting

Manipulating friendships

Email

Insults

Kicking

Gossip/rumors

Social networking

Racist comments

Spitting

Exclusion

Instant messaging

Sexist comments

Pushing

Intimidation

Text messaging

Teasing/taunting

Inappropriate gestures/touching

Written notes

Cell phone communication

Threatening/extortion

Tripping

 

Internet blogs

Harassment

Stealing

 

Chat rooms

 

Signs and symptoms that bullying might be occurring to a student:

  • Is frightened when walking to or from school
  • Doesn’t want to go on the school bus (begs to be driven to school)
  • Changes to his/her usual routine
  • Is unwilling to go to school
  • Becomes withdrawn, anxious, or lacking in confidence
  • Starts stammering
  • Attempts or threatens to run away or harm himself or herself
  • Cries a lot
  • Has nightmares
  • Feels ill in the morning
  • School work begins to suffer
  • Arrives from school with damaged clothes or books
  • Has possessions go missing
  • Asks for money or steals money to pay bully
  • Comes home hungry after lunch is stolen
  • Becomes aggressive, disruptive, or unreasonable
  • Is bullying other children or siblings
  • Stops eating
  • Is frightened to say what is wrong
  • Gives improbable excuses for any of the above

Responsibilities of Members of the Buck Mountain School Community

All members of the school community are encouraged to take advantage of any educational opportunities to become more knowledgeable about bullying and bullying issues.

Responsibilities of Students

Students shall:

  • Refrain from, report, and not accept bullying or bullying behavior directed toward others in the school, whether or not it occurs within the school building, on the school bus, during the school day, or by electronic means.

Responsibilities of Staff  (including adult volunteers)

Staff and Adult Volunteers shall:

  • Provide a safe and secure environment for all students free from bullying.
  • Act upon, respond, attend to and follow up on any incidents of bullying that are reported to them or come to their attention through other indirect means.

Responsibilities of Parents and Guardians

Parents and Guardians shall:

  • Report any incidents of bullying as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Provide positive support to students and the school involved in incidents of bullying.

Responsibilities of By Standers

Do the Right Thing

  • Don’t be a silent witness. You would want someone to have your back if you were the one getting bullied.
  • Don’t watch and laugh. That’s even worse than doing nothing.
  • If it’s too hard to speak out, send an anonymous note to school staff
  • Be assertive, not aggressive. Fighting doesn’t help anyone.
  • Invite the person being targeted to leave the situation with you
  • Encourage the target to get help from someone, like a counselor, teacher, or other adult who can help.

Reporting

Whether you are the bullied or the bystander you must notify an adult of bullying situations as soon as possible.  If you are unsure of who to talk to, contact one of the adults on the list below.  You are encouraged to talk to the primary contact person first as they are closest to the situation and can have the most immediate effect.  If the primary contact person is not available, contact one of the people in the secondary contact list.

LOCATION

PRIMARY CONTACT

SECONDARY CONTACTS

On the bus

Bus driver

 

Parents

Guardians

Counselors

Fellow students

Teachers

Teacher Assistants

Custodians

Office staff

Community member

Vice principal

Principal

RCMP

 

 

In the hallway

Hallway supervisor

In the classroom

Classroom teacher

teacher assistant

In the gym

Gym supervisor

School grounds

Outside supervisor

School activities, trips, sports

Activity supervisor

Cyber bullying

Parent/ school counselor

After school

Parent/ school counselor

 

Procedures

All incidents of bullying that are reported to school personnel will be dealt with.  Students who engage in bullying-type behavior can expect a progressive disciplinary route with the ultimate goal of changing student behaviors.  To get there, students can expect office referrals, documentation of information, contact with parents, referrals to counseling, and progressing to detentions, removal of school privileges (as describe elsewhere in this document), in-school suspensions, and out of school suspensions.  The welfare and dignity of all students will be respected throughout any disciplinary action taken.