Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying

Resilient Classrooms Survey for Students

 

District Coordinator

John Lestino
609-877-2124 x3009
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Anti-Bullying Specialists

Lori Nicosia, Magowan School
609-877-1430
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Kathleen McKone, Ridgway School
609-871-3434 x2005
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SCHOOL CLIMATE STATEMENT

 

Students and staff in Ridgway Middle School are expected to treat one another with respect, regardless of gender, race, color, creed, sexual orientation or national origin. Inappropriate touching of any nature (gender based) or inappropriate racial comments or jokes, and name-calling of any kind are not permitted. This applies at all times on school property, and to students on the way to or from school, as well.  All instances of such bullying or harassment are to be reported to the building administrator, the affirmative action officer or the superintendent of schools. Students’ parents will be contacted and appropriate action will be taken. Intervention includes, but is not limited to, supportive counseling, detentions, suspensions and/or contacting district and local authorities.
 

HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, BULLYING

 

Harassment/intimidation and bullying is a gesture or written, verbal or physical act, or electronic communication (cyber bullying via computer, landline phone, cell phone, etc.) that harms a student or damages his/her property. It is also a gesture or intimidating act that places the student in reasonable fear of personal harm or damage to his/her property.  A safe and civil environment in schools is necessary for students to learn; harassment, intimidation and bullying, like other disruptive and violent behaviors, prevents a student from getting his/her education.

 

Students found guilty of harassment, intimidation and bullying another student will be punished (as stated in the Discipline Code) with a central detention or suspension. Further disciplinary action will be taken if a student continues this type of behavior.

 

All reports of harassment, intimidation and bullying will be investigated, documented and placed in the student’s (aggressor’s) discipline file. The parents of the aggressor will be contacted if a pattern of accusations develops (3 or more); disciplinary action (see Discipline Code) and counseling will be utilized to help correct this negative behavior. 

 

Please view the district policy on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (#5512.01) on the district website for further information.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

 

Sexual harassment is an unwelcome physical act or verbal statement of a sexual nature that is directed at an individual creating an intimidating, threatening or abusive environment. (this includes any type of contact such as pulling another’s shorts down)  Male and female students can be guilty of sexually harassing members of their sex or the opposite sex. The statements- “just fooling around”, “only kidding”, etc…- are NOT   excuses for sexual harassment; in fact, there are no excuses for sexual harassment.

 

Students found guilty of sexually harassing another student will be punished (as stated in the Discipline Code) with a central detention or suspension. Further disciplinary action will be taken if a student continues this type of behavior.