Bullying can be defined as a specific type of aggression in which:
- The behavior is intended to harm or disturb another individual.
- The behavior occurs repeatedly over time (or is sufficiently damaging that only one event can trigger sanctions by administration).
- The action by the perpetrator is unwanted or unwelcome by the receiving individual.
Bullying can be physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, and/or non-verbal. Bullying may be direct, with one person acting against another person. It may also be indirect, with one person telling another person to bully someone else. Bullying may also utilize written or electronic means, such as text messaging, cell phones, e-mails, faxes, and other media.
NOTE: Bullying means any form of intimidation or harassment prohibited by the board of education of the school district in policies concerning bullying adopted pursuant K.S.A. 72-8256 or subsection € of K.S.A. 72-8205, and amendments thereto. USD 465 will not tolerate these actions by students, staff, or parents. Behavior becomes bullying when it is unwanted, intended to be intimidating, repeated or sufficiently brutal or damaging, as determined by a building administrator.
- Physical bullying includes, but is not limited to, punching, poking, hair pulling, beating, biting, kicking, tripping, pushing, scratching and other unwanted physical contact.
- Verbal bullying includes, but is not limited to, such acts as name-calling, threatening, teasing, taunting, and gossiping.
- Emotional bullying includes, but is not limited to, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, intentionally humiliating, blackmailing, and peer pressure that becomes threatening or intimidating.
- Sexual bullying includes, but is not limited to, many of the actions listed above, as well as exhibitionism, voyeurism, unwanted touching, sexual harassment, sexual propositioning, and abuse involving actual physical contact and sexual assault.
- Non-verbal bullying includes, but is not limited to, making gestures, movements, or messages that are threatening in nature.
Consequences for violation of the Respect Initiative can range from a verbal warning to out of school suspension at the discretion of the building administration.