Dear Parents of Students:
Unfortunately, bullying is on the rise as being a major problem in many schools and communities. Fortunately, most harm caused by bullying is preventable.
Families and schools are partnering to combat this negative behavior. They are focusing on defining bullying, identifying its various forms, teaching bullying prevention skills, and providing a means of reporting bullying incidents with those who have authority to discipline those who are bullying. The State of Ohio has passed a law that is now part of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) that addresses these issues to prevent bullying, protect victims of bullying, and discipline bullies.
WHAT FORMS DO BULLYING INCIDENTS TAKE?
Intimidating, threatening, mocking words or actions can take many forms, which include Writing; Speaking; Transmitting words, pictures, or videos on electronic devices; Physically doing harm. Bullying is any intentional written, verbal, electronic, or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both causes mental or physical harm to the other student and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student.
When you see or hear one person hurting another person, speak up! Talk to a parent or teacher about these actions. Report mean incidents directed at you or other students. The temptation is often not to get involved in a bullying situation to avoid becoming the next victim. Instead use your influence to create a safe learning environment for everyone in Viking country.
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