Bullying


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    What is Bullying? 
     
    Bullying is intentional harmful behavior initiated by one or more students and directed towards another student.  Bullying exists when a student with more social and/or physical power deliberately dominates and harasses another who has less power.  Bullying is unjustified and typically is repeated.  
     
    The Behavior of Bullying Occurs in Four Forms:
     
    -Physical: hitting, kicking, damaging property, or any physical aggression
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    -Verbal: teasing, name-calling, put downs, or other behavior that would deliberately hurt others' feelings or make them feel bad
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    -Emotional/Exclusion: starting rumors, telling others not to be friends with someone, or other actions that would cause someone to be without friends
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    -Cyber-bullying: using electronic devices such as but not limited to computers and cell phones to bully others through methods such as posting comments, statements, or pictures on blogs, websites, social networks, text messaging, instant messaging, emails, and chat rooms
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    Bullying vs. Conflict
     
    Bullying differs from conflict.  Two or more students can have a disagreement or conflict.  Bullying involves a power imbalance element where a bully targets a student who has difficulty defending him/herself.  
     
    How to Report a Bullying Incident:
    If you or someone you know is being bullied at school please click on the link below titled DASA REPORTING FORM, complete the form and return to any faculty member.  A Dignity Act Coordinator, administrator, counselor or social worker will follow up with you once the report is received. 
     
    If you are a faculty member and want to report a bullying incident that you have witnessed or heard about, please also use the DASA REPORTING FORM, complete the form and return to your building's Dignity Act Coordinator or representative.
     
    What is a DAC?
    Under the new legislation each school building must designate someone as the Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC).  The DAC investigates complaints, leads professional development, compiles and tracks data, helps bullying targets with accommodations, implements positive disciplinary alternatives for students who harass others, etc.   
    Elementary School DAC=Rosann Lamanna
                                               Representative=Dawn Palmer
    Middle School DAC=Meghan Connors
                                      Representatives=Nancy Jensen & Peg Trinkaus
    High School DAC= Sarah Dudley-Lemek
                                    Representative=Andrea Tresaloni  
     

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