Harrassment, Intimidation, and Bullying
In 2011, the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act was signed in order to strengthen the standards and procedures for preventing, reporting, investigating, and responding to incidents of Harrassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB).
Is it HIB or Conflict?
- Disagreement or argument
- Single incident or series of incidents
- Usually not trying to hurt someone else
- Usually both people are upset
- Can be resolved without a formal investigation
- Conflicts with friends and other students are normal!
Definition of HIB
HIB means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents that:
- Is reasonably perceived as being motivated by an actual or percieved characteristic (such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender idenetiy and expression, disability, or any other distinguisthing characteristic;
- Takes place on school property, at any school sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds;
- Substaintially disrupts or intereferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of the other student; and that
- A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, 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 person or damage to his property; or
- Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or
- 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.