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Stop Bullying / Report

Stop Bullying BannerBullying is physical or psychological intimidation that occurs repeatedly over time. Researchers and practitioners generally agree that bullying has three defining characteristics:

  • Behavior is intended to harm or disturb;
  • Behavior occurs repeatedly over time; and
  • There is a real or perceived imbalance of power.

It is also important to consider what bullying IS NOT. Bullying is not a form of conflict, which implies that the two parties are on more or less equal footing.

Examples of Bullying

  • Physical Bullying is the most obvious form of intimidation and can consist of kicking, hitting, biting, pinching, hair pulling, and making threats. A bully may threaten to punch you if you do not give up your money, your lunch, etc.
  • Verbal Bullying often accompanies physical behavior. This can include name calling, spreading rumors, and persistent teasing.
  • Emotional Intimidation is closely related to these two types of bullying. A bully may deliberately exclude you from a group activity such as a party or school outing.
  • Racist Bullying can take many forms: making racial slurs, spray painting graffiti, mocking the victim's cultural customs, and making offensive gestures.
  • Sexual Bullying is unwanted physical contact or abusive comments.

Cyberbullying is one or a group of kids or teens using electronic means via computers and mobile phones (emails, Web sites, chat rooms, instant messaging and texting) to torment, threaten, harass, humiliate, embarrass or target another kid or teen.

Source: www.stompoutbullying.org

District Policy

The Cole County R-1 School District is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free of any form of bullying or intimidation. Bullying is strictly prohibited on school grounds, or school time, at a school sponsored activity or in a school related context. Bullying is the intentional action by an individual or group of individuals to inflict intimidation, unwanted aggressive behavior, or harassment that is repetitive or is substantially likely to be repeated and causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her physical safety or property; substantially interferes with the educational performance, opportunities, or benefits of any student without exception; or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school. Bullying may consist of physical actions, including gestures, or oral, cyberbullying, electronic, or written communication, and any threat of retaliation for reporting acts of bullying. Cyberbullying means bullying as defined above through the transmission of a communication including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic device.

Students who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to consequences depending on factors such as: age of student(s), degree of harm, severity of behavior, number of incidences, etc.  Possible consequences to a student for a violation of this policy include: loss of privileges, classroom detention, conference with teacher, parents contacted, conference with principal, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, expulsion and law enforcement contacted.

Report a Bullying Incident

The District's Board of Education and Administration promotes a secure and positive school climate, conducive to teaching and learning, that is free from any type of bullying behavior. Anyone who witnesses bullying is asked to report the incident to the school administration immediately. An incident may also be reported online through the Bullying Report Form below. All reports will be thoroughly investigated and appropriate action will be taken. Click the button below to submit an online bullying report form.

Online Bullying Report Form

Bullying Investigation Process

Steps taken to resolve bullying issues brought to the school’s attention:

  • Investigation
  • Interview bullying reporter (if not anonymous), victim, witnesses, bully
  • Collect and review data
  • Contact parents of bully and victim
  • Develop a plan to end further bullying behaviors directed at the victim
  • Inform teachers and other staff as needed
  • Depending on the severity of the event, the District's discipline actions may include: counseling, detentions, community service, suspension and possible expulsion.

Suicide Prevention

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If you are thinking about suicide, are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, or are worried about a friend or loved one, reach out to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline for free and confidential support by calling or texting 988, or chatting at https://988lifeline.org/. Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish.

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The Missouri Suicide Prevention Network (MSPN) is an independent, non-partisan, voluntary group of individuals, organizations, and public and private agencies who lead statewide suicide prevention efforts. MSPN was created in 2018 to reduce suicide through increasing coordination of efforts and implementing best practices for suicide prevention statewide. It is dedicated to promoting local, regional, and statewide suicide prevention initiatives that follow a public health framework and focus on evidence-based data, collaboration, and active community engagement.

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The Missouri Department of Mental Health's Division of Behavioral Health manages programs and services for people who need help for a mental illness or alcohol or drug problem. Services available are prevention, education, evaluation, intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation. The Division of Behavioral Health wants all Missourians to receive the mental health services they need to live a happy, healthy, and productive lifestyle of their choice.

Additional Resources

The following resources are provided to help educators, parents and community members recognize bullying behavior and approaches for determining how to respond.