Bullying and cyberbullying, 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 (see right)
This 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
- Change in school performance
- Truancy/drop out
- Peer rejection
There's a difference between bullying behavior and normal peer conflict
Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form (submit a report online)
Students, 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 student’s school, who will conduct an investigation.
Read more about this form and what happens when it is submitted
Questions about Anti-Bullying efforts at AACPS?
Call the Office of School Counseling at 410-222-5280
Alice L. Swift
Director of Safe and Orderly Schools
Director of Student Support Services
What Bullying Is
Bullying is behavior that:
- Is intentional.
- 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 is understanding what bullying isn’t:
Bullying is not:
- Unkind words that occur once;
- Rough-housing or rough play that is not intended to hurt; A physical attack that is not part of a pattern of behavior; or
- 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 basis.