Bullying Information

Bullying Assessment Flow Chart

Use this guide to determine whether bullying has taken place.

BULLYING State law

As defined by IC 20-33-8-0.2

(a) "bullying" means overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors, that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
        (1) places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student's person or property;
        (2) has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student's physical or mental health;
        (3) has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's academic performance; or
        (4) has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's ability to participate in or benefit from the

services, activities, and privileges provided by the school.    

(b) The term may not be interpreted to impose any burden or sanction on, or include in the definition of the term, the following:
        (1) Participating in a religious event.
        (2) Acting in an emergency involving the protection of a person or property from an imminent threat of

serious bodily injury or substantial danger.
        (3) Participating in an activity consisting of the exercise of a student's rights protected under the First

Amendment to the United States Constitution or Article I, Section 31 of the Constitution of the State of

Indiana, or both.
        (4) Participating in an activity conducted by a nonprofit or governmental entity that provides recreation,

education, training, or other care under the supervision of one (1) or more adults.
        (5) Participating in an activity undertaken at the prior written direction of the student's parent.
        (6) Engaging in interstate or international travel from a location outside Indiana to another location outside

Indiana.
As added by P.L.106-2005, SEC.6. Amended by P.L.285-2013, SEC.5.

SWDCS School Board Bullying Policy - 0670 Discipline

B. Bullying

  1. Bullying committed by students toward other students is strictly prohibited. Engaging in bullying conduct described in this rule by use of data or computer software that is accessed through any computer, any computer system, or any computer network is also prohibited.
  2. For purposes of this rule, bullying is defined as overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner including electronically or digitally, physical acts committed, aggression, or any other similar behaviors that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
  • places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student’s person or property;
  • has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental health;
  • has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance; or
  • has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, and privileges provided by the school.
  1. This rule may be applied regardless of the physical location of the bullying behavior when a student committing bullying behavior and the targeted student attend a school within the school corporation and disciplinary action is reasonably necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or prevent an unreasonable threat to the rights of other students to a safe and peaceful learning environment.
  2. Any student or parent who has knowledge of conduct in violation of this rule or any student who feels he/she has been bullied in violation of this rule should immediately report the conduct to the building principal or his/her designee who has responsibility for all investigations of student misconduct including bullying. A student or parent may also report the conduct to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the building principal or his/her designee.  This report may be made anonymously.
  3. The building principal or his/her designee shall investigate immediately all reports of bullying made pursuant to the provisions of this rule. Such investigation must include any action or appropriate responses that may be taken immediately to address the bullying conduct wherever it takes place. The parents of the bully and the targeted student(s) shall be notified on a regular, periodic basis of the progress and the findings of the investigation and of any remedial action that has been taken.
  4. Each building principal or his/her designee will be responsible for working with the school counselors and other community resources to provide information and/or follow-up services to support the targeted student and to educate the student engaging in bullying behavior on the effects of bullying and the prevention of bullying. In addition, the school administrator and school counselors will be responsible for determining if the bullying behavior is a violation of law required to be reported to law enforcement under Indiana law based upon their reasonable belief. Such determination should be made as soon as possible and once this determination is made, the report should be made immediately to law enforcement.
  5. False reporting of bullying conduct as defined in this rule by a student shall be considered a violation of this rule and will result in any appropriate disciplinary action or sanctions if the investigation of the report finds it to be false.
  6. A violation of this rule prohibiting bullying may result in any appropriate disciplinary action or sanction, including suspension and/or expulsion.
  7. Failure by a school employee who has a responsibility to report bullying or investigate bullying or any other duty under this rule to carry out such responsibility or duty will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from employment with the school corporation.
  8. Counseling, corrective discipline, and/or referral to law enforcement will be used to change the behavior of the perpetrator. This includes appropriate intervention(s), restoration of a positive climate, and support for victims and others impacted by the bullying.
  9. Educational outreach and training will be provided to school personnel, parents, and students concerning the identification, prevention, and intervention in bullying.
  10. All schools in the corporation are encouraged to engage students, staff and parents in meaningful discussions about the negative aspects of bullying. The parent involvement may be through parent organizations already in place in each school.
  11. The superintendent or designee will be responsible for developing detailed administrative procedures consistent with the Indiana Department of Education guidelines for the implementation of the provisions of this rule.

LEGAL REFERENCE:       I.C. 20-33-8-0.2

                                                I.C. 20-33-8-13.5