Bullying Incident Report
Dear SJA Family,
SJA is dedicated to ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. We recognize that in any school, the potential exists for bullying to occur. We take this potential quite seriously, and we have policies and procedures in place that ensure that each report of alleged bullying is investigated and acted upon by school administration.
SJA has taken an additional step to ensure that all individuals feel comfortable in reporting an alleged incidence of bullying. Sometimes it is hard for a victim or someone who knows or cares about the victim to come forward. Individuals now have the ability to anonymously report alleged incidents of harassment or bullying to the building principal.
We encourage students to use the link on our school website to report credible incidents of bullying or any time of incident that makes an SJA student feel uncomfortable or threatened. The form is confidential and only viewed by the building principal, so that we can continue to proactively provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Types of Bullying
There are three types of bullying:
- Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
- Inappropriate sexual comments
- Threatening to cause harm
2. Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
- Leaving someone out on purpose
- Telling other children not to be friends with someone
- Spreading rumors about someone
- Embarrassing someone in public
3. Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
- Taking or breaking someone’s things
- Making mean or rude hand gestures
Note: Just as a student's grades, test scores, discipline history or medical history can't be revealed by the school, except with the parent's specific written permission. School administrators can't tell the bully or his parents what you or your child told them, unless you specifically say they can. For the same reason, the school can not reveal the name of the student who is acting the bully, or if/ how the student was punished, unless the bully's parents gives them specific permission to do so.