Anna ISD is dedicated to providing a positive school climate and believes that all students have the right to learn in an environment free of harassment, bullying, and violence. A safe and civil environment is needed for students to learn and attain high academic standards and to promote healthy human relationships.
The Differences Between Bullying and Conflict
Many times, what’s called bullying is not bullying at all. For example, bullying is not actually about conflict or anger. You do not have to be angry at someone to bully them. Bullying tends to be more about arrogance, control, and power. It’s the feeling that I’m better than you and have a right to treat you this way. All bullying is mean, but not all mean behavior is bullying. So, if bullying is not the same as pure peer aggression or conflict, what is it?
When Does Bullying Become Harassment?
The Office for Civil Rights and the Department of Justice have stated that bullying may also be considered harassment when it is based on a student’s race, color, national origin, sex, religion, or disability; Or when the same person is repeatedly targeted by another student (or group of students). Harassing behaviors may include:
- Unwelcome conduct such as: Verbal abuse, i.e., name-calling, epithets, slurs, etc.
- Graphic or written statements
- Physical assault
- Other conduct that may be physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating
How Do I Make a Report of Bullying?
In our district, students/parents have the ability to file an incident report in person or online.
- In person:
- Students can report to their teacher (in person or written) or other staff members in the building.
- Students can report directly to the Campus Administrator or Counselor; or
- Online Form