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Definitions:

Harassment:  Harassment is the intentional behavior by a student or group of students that is disturbing or threatening to another student or group of students. Intentional behaviors that characterize harassment include, but are not limited to stalking, hazing, social exclusion, name calling, unwanted physical contact and unwelcome verbal or written comments, photographs and graphics. Harassment may be related, but not limited to, race, religious orientation, sexual orientation, cultural background, economic status, size or personal appearance. Harassing behaviors can be direct or indirect and by use of social media.

Intimidation:  Intimidation is intentional behavior by a student or group of students that places another student or group of students in fear of harm of person or property. Intimidation can be manifested emotionally or physically, either directly or indirectly, and by use of social media.

Bullying:  Bullying may occur when a student is exposed repeatedly and over time to negative actions on the part of one or more other students. Bullying behavior is meant to hurt another person and is carried out by someone who is seeking power or control over another person. Bullying may constitute a violation of law.

There are three forms of bullying:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Social

In accordance with Washington state RCW 28A.300.285, harassment, intimidation and bullying of students by other students, by staff members, by volunteers, by parents or by guardians is prohibited. Bellingham Public Schools will abide by district policy 3207 and procedure 3207P.

 

Anyone who believes that harassment, intimidation or bullying has occurred should report the behavior to a teacher, counselor, school nurse or school administrator. To report unresolved, severe or persistent harassment, you can:

  • Contact the administrator at the targeted student’s school.
  • Contact Student Services at the District Office.
  • Use the Safe Schools Alert system to report online, by text, or by phone.
  • Print and complete the  HIB reporting form (3207F).