RMS/RTSD Definition of Bullying Behavior Bullying occurs when one or more students routinely or repeatedly threaten, harass or intimidate one or more students through words or actions. Bullying shall mean pervasive unwelcome verbal, written, physical or emotional conduct directed at or about a student by another student.Bullying behaviors (direct or indirect) include three (3) forms: physical, verbal/written, and emotional. Some examples of bullying are as follows, but are not limited to:
A bullying behavior has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students in such a way as to cause disruption in, or interference with the orderly operation of the school.The term bullying shall not be interpreted to infringe upon a student's right to engage in legally protected speech or conduct.
- Physical - hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, stealing and/or damaging personal belongings, sexual acts, and invasion of another's personal space in an aggressive manner.
- Verbal/Written - taunting, malicious, teasing, name-calling, making threats, and sexual innuendo/remarks including via phone and/or internet cyber bullying
- Emotional - spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships or environment, engaging in social exclusion, extortion, ridiculing, and intimidating.