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Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying
The Craven County Board of Education takes seriously all complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment and bullying. The process provided in our policy is designed for those individuals who believe that they may have been discriminated against, bullied, or harassed in violation of Policy 1013.01, Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying. Individuals who have witnessed or have reliable information that another person as been subject to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying should report such violations to a school system official. If it is not feasible to report such actions, anyone can submit an anonymous report using the form below. Thank you for helping us provide a comfortable and safe environment for all students.
Definition of Discrimination
Discrimination means any act or failure to act that unreasonably and unfavorably differentiates treatment of others based solely on their membership in a socially distinct group or category, such as race, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, religion, age or disability. Discrimination may be intentional or unintentional.
Definition of Harassment or Bullying
Harassment or bullying behavior is a pattern of gestures or written, electronic or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication that:
1) places a student or school employee in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property; or2) creates or is certain to create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits.
Characteristics of Harassment and Bullying
1) The behavior is aggressive or malicious.
2) It is repeated and goes on over time.
3) It occurs in an interpersonal relationship which is characterized by a certain imbalance in strength or power.
Types of Bullying
1) Physical – Hitting, kicking or any other physical aggression.
2) Verbal – Teasing, name calling, put-downs, or other behavior that would deliberately hurt others’ feelings or make them feel bad.
3) Emotional or Exclusion – Starting rumors, telling others not to be friends with someone, or other actions that would cause someone to be without friends.
4) Cyber-bullying – Using electronic device mediums such as, but not limited to computers, cell phones, and pagers to bully (bullying defined above) other through methods such as posting comments, statements or pictures on blogs or websites, text messaging, instant messaging, and email.
Discrimination, Harassment, or Bully Reporting Form – Click here to submit an online incident report.