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Bullying and Harassment



Bullying occurs when one or more students threaten, harass or intimidate another student through words, or actions including:

  • direct physical contact such as hitting or shoving
  • verbal assaults such as teasing or name –calling
  • socially isolating or manipulating a student
  • transmission of harassing communications, direct threats; or harmful texts, sounds, or images on the Internet, social media, or other technologies.

For the purpose of further clarifications, bullying includes, but is not limited to:

  • Making unsolicited written, verbal, physical and/or visual contact. Examples include:
    • Written: intimidating/threatening letters, notes, or messages
    • Verbal: intimidating/threatening comments, slurs, innuendos, teasing, jokes or epithets
    • Verbal: leering or gestures
    • Physical: hitting, slapping and/or pinching
  • making reprisals, threats of reprisal, or implied threats of reprisal
  • engaging in implicit or explicit coercive behavior to control, influence or affect the health and the well being of a student

Cyber bullying or online bullying is a term used to refer to bullying over electronic media. Cyber bullying is willful and involves recurring or repeated harm inflicted through electronic text. Cyber bullying can be as simple as continuing to send e-mail to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender. Cyber bullies may also include threats, "putdowns" or hate-motivated speech. Cyber bullies may publish the personal contact information of their victims. They may attempt to assume the identity of a victim for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames or ridicules them.


Bullying Information and Resources

Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board Policies: Bullying  BP 5131.2 and Anti-Bullying AR 5145.4

Resources available to students, families and teachers:

Contra Costa County Office of Education Resource Page - Wide variety of resources 

California Department of Education – Publications and Websites

Stomp Out Bullying: Recognized as most influential anti-bullying organization in America and beyond

Stop Bullying Now: Information for adults and youth 

Cyberbullying Research Center: Provides lessons, quizzes, research and information

Common Sense Media's Cyberbullying Toolkit: Two lesson plans for each grade, parent materials perfect for back-to-school night, and additional online resources (for grades K-12)

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network): Resources and support to implement age-appropriate anti-bullying programs

Peace Builders: A violence prevention curriculum

Teaching Tolerance: News, suggestions and support

Committee for Children: Principal Toolkit

Ability Path: Report and guide for bullying and child with special needs