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    Safety is one of our district’s top priorities and to help safeguard our school community. Our district is now using SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting service that allows students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns to our administration.



    What is Bullying?

    Please review the Bullying Assessment Checklist for Categories and Types of Bullying.

    What is Bullying? Presentation

    "Bullying" (per IC 20-33-8-.2) means 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, that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
    (1) places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student's person or property;
    (2) has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student's physical or mental health;
    (3) has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's academic performance; or
    (4) has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, and privileges provided by the school.

    Bullying fosters a climate of fear and disrespect that can seriously impair the physical and psychological health of its victims and create conditions that negatively affect learning. Bullying includes unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. The imbalance of power involves the use of physical strength, or popularity to access embarrassing information to control or harm others. Bullying can occur anywhere (in-school or outside of school) and at any time – both during and after school hours. Bullying can include physical bullying, verbal bullying, social/relational bullying, and electronic/written communication.

    Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. It includes hitting/kicking/punching, spitting, tripping or pushing, taking or breaking someone’s things, and making mean or rude hand gestures.

    Verbal bullying involves saying mean things. It can include teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, or threatening to cause harm.

    Social/relational bullying involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying involves telling other children not to be friends with someone, leaving someone out on purpose, spreading rumors about someone, or embarrassing someone in public.

    Electronic/written communication involves cyber-bullying, collective or group note writing, any bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices (computer, cell phones).


    Quick Actions

    The following links provide parents with insight into Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats
    as well as guidelines to prevent their child from being victimized by or engaging in
    online harmful behavior. It also provides guidance on things you can do in either

    Please partner with us to stop Cyberbullying! Read Dr. Buffington's letter here.


    Parent Guide to Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats

    iSAFE - The Leader in e-Safety Education

    Chat Abbreviations

    Predator Tips

    "Stop Cyberbullying" PSAs

    created by Hobart High School's TV/Media students.

    You Are Not Alone

    Nobody Knows

    One Click Is All It Takes

    The Flaws in Our Society

    An Act of Kindness


    How to Recognize Bullying

    Quick Actions

    Please review the Bullying Assessment Checklist for Categories and Types of Bullying.

    Report and Stop Bullying

    Please click here to view a PowerPoint Presentation with information on how to recognize bullying.

    Click here for information on Warning Signs from StopBullying.gov

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    Get Help Now

    Community Assistance/Child Protective Services

    Click here for information on how to get immediate help from StopBullying.gov

    Click here to visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline Website.