Online Harassment and Intimidation (Bullying) Reporting
Read more about this form and what happens when it is
parents/guardians of students, or close relatives of
students may use this form to
report incidents of harassment or intimidation (bullying) to
schools, outside of the discipline process. When completed, the
form is returned to the administrator of the studentís school, who
will conduct an investigation.
Alice L. Swift, Director of
Safe and Orderly Schools 410-222-5288
Gail Cicero, Director of Student Support Services
Questions about Anti-Bullying efforts at
AACPS? Call the Office of School Counseling at
harassment and intimidation, hazing, and/or bias behaviors are
unsafe behaviors that do not reflect respect for others as defined
by the Code of Student Conduct. If a student is a target of one of
these behaviors, you can report it using the Bullying,
Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form (above, right).
form is also available in the main office of schools
or the school counseling
office. Students can also report issues directly to a staff member. When
a situation that involves any of these behaviors is reported, staff
members will respond quickly and will provide a practical, private,
and safe place to report.
SigNS THAT A CHILD MAY
BE A TARGET OF BULLYING
What Bullying Is
There's a difference between bullying
behavior and normal peer conflict
Bullying is behavior that:
Is repeated over time: Chronic bullying is
considered more than 2 acts per month.
Is intended to harm: There is an intent to cause
physical or emotional hurt.
Involves a power differential: One
person is more
popular, bigger, older than another.
Creates a hostile educational environment: a student
doesn't feel safe.
Is done through the
use of social media, otherwise known as
Cyberbullying - read more
What Bullying Isn't
Just as important as
understanding what bullying isnít
Bullying is not:
Unkind words that occur once;
Rough-housing or rough play that is not in-tended to
hurt; A physical attack that is not part of a pattern of
Behavior that may be
inappropriate to the adult, but that the other does not perceive as hurtful, for example
name-calling that all are participating in on an equal
What Can Be Done -
Resources to Help
If your questioning leads you to believe that a
child is being bullied
Never tell the
student to ignore the bullying.
Donít blame the
person who is being bullied.
Tell your child that bullying is wrong, that
expressing feelings and how they are experiencing this
is the right thing to do.
Ask what he or she thinks will help.
Do not encourage physical retaliation.
Bullying may not stop without the help of adults at school
Contact the teacher, school counselor, and/or
Ask your childís teacher questions about his or her
interactions with other children.
Look for help from the school counselor with social
skills, assertiveness, or friendship skills training.
Do not contact the parents of the student(s) who
bullied your child.
Expect the bullying to stopÖtalk regularly with your
child and school staff about this issue.
|Conflict Resolution Skills
It is important that
you help your child develop skills to handle conflict in an
appropriate way and to seek help from an adult when
- Encourage friendships.
- Teach your children to express themselves clearly
- Teach self-respect.
- Stress the importance of body language.
- Start teaching the art of negotiation early.
Links to comprehensive websites for parents and children
about bullying and how to handle bullying situations.
Counseling Offered by AACPS
school psychologists, school social workers (where available), and
school nurses can offer counseling and support to students who have
been the targets of bullying and harassment in order to ensure that
these (and all) students feel safe and supported.. These student
services staff members provide individual and small group
counseling, monitoring of Safety Plans, as well as classroom lessons
and facilitation of schoolwide activities. If you feel your child
is in need of support from a member of the schoolís student services
team, please contact the school counseling office to discuss your
More about Reporting Bullying and
Safe Schools Reporting Act of 2010 mandates the Maryland State Department of
Education (MSDE) to require county boards of education to report
incidents of harassment or intimidation (bullying) against students
attending a public school. The law
requires that the following be reported:
A description of the act
constituting the harassment or intimidation (bullying);
The age of the victim
and alleged perpetrator;
The allegation of the
alleged perpetratorís motive;
A description of the
investigation of the complaint and any corrective action taken
by the appropriate school authorities;
The number of days a
student is absent from school, if any, as a result of the
The number of false
What Happens When you Submit the Electronic Bullying Form
has the right to complete a
Bullying/Harassment and Intimidation Reporting Form. If you do not wish to
complete the form, a school staff member can complete and submit it.
form is submitted to the school:
- The form is sent
immediately to the principal/(principal's secretary) so that
an administrator can handle in accordance with
Bullying and Harassment
Regulation for the AACPS school
If it is determined by an administrator
that bullying or cyberbullying, harassment, intimidation, hazing,
and/or bias behaviors have occurred, the students involved
in these behaviors will receive support from a school
counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, pupil
personnel worker, or school health staff person to be sure
that everyone involved in the incident feels safe and
supported and understands how to avoid these situations in
Actions also include:
- Conducting an investigation within two (2) school days of receiving the
- Taking appropriate action, based on the
Code of Student Conduct
in the Student Handbook
- Notifying the parent/guardian of the target and the student engaging in
- Completing the Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation Investigative
Report form; and
- Referring the target and the student engaging in in bullying behaviors
to Student Services team member for support, including the development of a
Safety Plan, if appropriate.
Information will not be provided about other children who
may be involved in the bullying behavior.