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TPJHS Anti- Bullying Policy

 

·         TPJHS promotes positive peer relations.

·         Bullying, in any form, will not be tolerated.

·         All students and staff at TPJHS have the right to be free from victimization of others.

·         Everyone is responsible for reporting and discouraging bullying and/or victimization to an adult.

·         Parents and students are encouraged to contact school personnel with their concerns about bullying, taunting, and victimizing of those attending TPJHS.

·         Those that bully or taunt will be disciplined according to the Behavior Matrix.

·         The policy will be evaluated quarterly.

·         Please visit http://www.tpjhs.com/ for immediate electronic reporting procedures.

 

TPJHS is committed to stopping bullying, in part, because middle grade students are the most likely age group to be involved in bullying.  Bullying is a conscious, willful, and deliberate hostile activity intended to harm, induce fear through the threat of further aggression, and to create terror. Bullying always includes an imbalance of power, the intent to harm, and the threat of further aggression.  In more extreme cases, terror is added to the equation.  Bullies feel that they are entitled to privilege and can dominate others; they have an intolerance of others who they feel are inferior; and, they believe that they have the right to exclude or isolate others.

 

Bullies come in many sizes, social groups, and demographics.  According to Barbara Coloroso, “You can’t always identify bullies by what they LOOK like, but you can pick them out by what they ACT like. They have their lines and actions down; their roles are often rehearsed at home.”  Bullies take their cues from the world around them. 

 

It’s important that we at TPJHS recognize the three specific types of bullying most often found in middle school:

·         Verbal bullying occurs equally among boys and girls.

·         Physical bullying most often occurs with boys.

·         Relational bullying most often occurs with girls.

 

Additionally, Coloroso identifies seven different types of bullies:

 

·         Confident bully – swaggers about, physical, with a big ego

·         Social bully – uses rumor, gossip, and verbal taunts to isolate

·         Fully armored bully – cool and detached, vicious, & opportunistic

·         Hyperactive bully – struggles with school and relationships

·         Bullied bully – both a target of bullies and a bully

·         Bunch of bullies – group of friends who act collectively

  • Gang of bullies – a fearful group (not friends) aligned for strategic purposes

 

Teasing v. Taunting

 

TEASING – not bullying

TAUNTING - bullying

Both people take turns teasing

One-sided taunting (imbalance of power)

Isn’t intended to harm

Intended to harm

Everyone maintains their dignity

Is humiliating, cruel, and demeaning

Pokes fun (lighthearted, clever, benign)

Laughter AT not with the person

Tries to get both sides to laugh

Meant to diminish self-worth

Only a small part of the relationship

Induces fear of more taunting/physical

Innocent in motive

Sinister in motive

Stops when someone gets upset

Continues or escalates when the target gets upset

 

 

Bullying Prevention

California Education Code (Bullying) 

CALIFORNIA EDUCATION CODE 

32261

  • (d) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this chapter to encourage school districts, county offices of education, law\ enforcement agencies, and agencies serving youth to develop and\ implement interagency strategies, in service training programs, and activities that will improve school attendance and reduce school crime and violence, including vandalism, drug and alcohol abuse, gang membership, gang violence, hate crimes, bullying, including bullying committed personally or by means of an electronic act, teen relationship violence, and discrimination and harassment, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment.
  • (e) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this chapter that the School/Law Enforcement Partnership shall not duplicate any existing gang or drug and alcohol abuse program currently provided for schools.
  • (f) As used in this chapter, "bullying" means one or more acts by a pupil or group of pupils as defined in Section 48900.2, 48900.3, or 48900.4.
  • (g) As used in this chapter, an "electronic act" means the transmission of a communication, including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager. 

48900

  • (r) Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivisions (f) and (g) of Section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel.
  • (s) A pupil shall not be suspended or expelled for any of the acts enumerated in this section, unless that act is related to school activity or school attendance occurring within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent of the school district or principal or occurring within any other school district. A pupil may be suspended or expelled for acts that are enumerated in this section and related to school activity or attendance that occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
  1. While on school grounds.
  2. While going to or coming from school.
  3. During the lunch period whether on or off the campus.
  4. During, or while going to or coming from, a school sponsored activity.
48900.2
 
In addition to the reasons specified in Section 48900, a pupil may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil  is enrolled determines that the pupil has committed sexual harassment as defined in Section 212.5.
 
For the purposes of this chapter, the conduct described in Section 212.5 must be considered by a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a negative impact upon the individual's academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. This section shall not apply to pupils enrolled in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive.
 
48900.3
 
In addition to the reasons set forth in Sections 48900 and 48900.2, a pupil in any of grades 4 to 12, inclusive, may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of, hate violence, as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 233.

48900.4

In addition to the grounds specified in Sections 48900 and 48900.2, a pupil enrolled in any of grades 4 to 12, inclusive, maybe suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has intentionally engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation, directed against school district personnel or pupils, that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to have the actual and reasonably expected effect of materially disrupting classwork, creating substantial disorder, and invading the rights of either school personnel or pupils by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment.  

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Conduct  

The Governing Board believes that all students have the right to be educated in a positive learning environment free from disruptions. On school grounds and at school activities, students shall be expected to exhibit appropriate conduct that does not infringe upon the rights of others or interfere with the school program.

Behavior is considered appropriate when students are diligent in study, neat and clean, careful with school property, and courteous and respectful towards their teachers, other staff, other students and volunteers.

Prohibited student conduct includes but is not limited to:

  1. Behavior that endangers other students and/or staff
  2. Behavior that disrupts the orderly classroom or school environment
  3. Harassment of other students or staff, including bullying, intimidation, hazing, or any other verbal, written or physical conduct that causes or threatens to cause bodily harm or emotional suffering.
  4. Damage to or theft of property belonging to the district, staff or other students
  5. Possession, use or sale of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs
  6. Except with prior consent for health reasons, use of electronic signaling devices is prohibited during school hours. (Education Code 48901.5) Students may possess electronic signaling devices including but not limited to pagers, beepers, and cellular/digital phones, except those devices with the capability to capture digital images and/or take photographs of any kind which are prohibited. If a school employee finds it necessary to confiscate a device, he/she may return it at the end of the class period or school day or keep it until the principal or designee has consulted with the students' parent/guardian. A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possessing a personal electronic signaling device at school.
  7. Possession or use of laser pointers, unless used for a valid instructional or other school-related purpose, including employment (Penal Code 417.27) Prior to bringing a laser pointer on school premises, students shall first obtain permission from the principal or designee. The principal or designee shall determine whether the requested use of the laser pointer is for a valid instructional or other school-related purpose.
  8. Profane, vulgar or abusive language
  9. Plagiarism or dishonesty in school work or on tests
  10. Inappropriate dress
  11. Tardiness and unexcused absence from school
  12. Failure to remain on school premises in accordance with school rules

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that each school site develops standards of conduct and discipline consistent with district rules and regulations. Students shall receive regular instruction regarding district and school rules and regulations related to conduct. Students who violate these rules and regulations may be subject to discipline including but not limited to suspension, expulsion or transfer to alternative programs.  

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