HARRASSEMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING
“Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, as defined in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents that:
1. Is reasonably perceived as being motivated by either any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability or by any other distinguishing characteristic;
2. Takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds, as provided for in N.J.S.A. 18A:37- 15.3;
3. Substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students; and that POLICY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE CHATHAMS PUPILS 5512 (M) / Page 3 of 22 Status: 2nd Reading & Adoption: 10/9/13
a. A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the act(s) will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property; or
b. Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or
c. Creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.
The School District of the Chatham's HIB information for parents is located at https://www.chatham-nj.org/Page/11972
Cyber-bullying can be defined as repeated harassment through the use of an electronic medium. In this case, the most popular methods of cyber-bullying occur through e-mails, social media, and text messaging.
Many students have experienced the harmful effects of cyber-bullying which can include loss of confidence, lowered self-esteem, anxiety, anger, frustration, and fear of personal safety.
Chatham Middle School recognizes that many if not most instances of cyber-bullying occur off school grounds. In order to help combat this problem, it is important to know when it happens and how to intervene.
Here are some websites if you wish to lean more information:
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use: A great site that provides articles and resources for educators, parents, and students.
CyberBullying.us- Excellent site with resources and news about current cyber-bullying issues. Filled with downloadable files containing information pertinent to this topic.
STOP Cyber-Bullying- An entire site dedicated to defining cyber-bullying. It also relays advice to different age groups to help prevent it.