Bullying/Cyberbullying/Sexting

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    Bullying/Cyberbullying

    Definition: Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district that:

    • Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or damage to the student’s property; or
    • Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the student. 

    This conduct is considered bullying if it:

    • Exploits an imbalance of power between the student and perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and
    • Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school. 

    Reporting Procedures: 

    • To obtain assistance and intervention, any student who believes that he or she has experienced bullying or believes that another student has experienced bullying should immediately report the alleged acts to a teacher, counselor, principal or other District employee.
    • The report may be made orally or in written form.
    • The administrator will investigate the allegations, contact the appropriate parents, and produce a written report of the findings. 

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    Sexting

    Definition: “Sexting” is generally defined as “the sending or receiving of sexually explicit or sexually suggestive images or video via a cell phone.” In Texas, the definition is much broader. Sexting includes any possession and/or electronic transmission by a minor (age 17 and under) of visual material capturing a minor engaged in sexual conduct which includes still photographs of private body parts. 

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