BULLYING (includes Cyber-Bullying)

Bullying or harassing behavior in public schools is prohibited. “Bullying or harassing behavior" is any pattern of gestures or
communication, any physical act, any threatening communication, or any act reasonably perceived as being motivated by any
actual or perceived differentiating characteristic that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, or on a
school bus that causes any of the following:

1. It places a student in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person;
2. It places a student in actual and reasonable fear of or damage to his or her property; or
3. It creates or is certain to create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing a student's educational
performance, opportunities, or benefits.

Notice of an incident of bullying will be sent to the parent/guardian of the victim within a reasonable amount of time. The student
who is being bullied should report it to the nearest staff member. All parties involved will be referred to the schools'
counselor. All reports of bullying will be investigated. For purposes of this section, "hostile environment" means that the victim
subjectively views the conduct as bullying or harassing behavior and the conduct is objectively severe or pervasive enough
that a reasonable person would agree that it is bullying or harassing behavior. No student shall be subjected to bullying or harassing
behavior by school employees or students. No person shall engage in any act of reprisal or retaliation against a victim,
witness, or a person with reliable information about an act of bullying or harassing behavior.

REF: MS Code § 37-11-67
Students who are found to be bullying other students will be disciplined according to the following discipline ladder:
First Instance Parent conference and/or corporal punishment, Referral to Counselor
Second Instance Parent conference and three-day suspension, Referral to Counselor
Third Instance Parent conference and five-day suspension, Referral to Counselor
Fourth and Each Subsequent Instance Parent conference and 40-day alternative school placement, Referral to Counselor


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