Clarkston Community Schools Says NO! to Bullying

When bullying occurs within our learning environments, students will be disciplined accordingly.  The Clarkston Community Schools’ policy manual makes the following statement regarding bullying:

The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. The Board encourages the promotion of positive interpersonal relations between members of the school community. Aggressive behavior toward a student, whether by other students,staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes physical, verbal, and psychological abuse such as bullying and hazing. The Board will not tolerate any gestures, comments, threats, or actions to a student which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm, reasonable fear for personal safety, or personal degradation. Bullying is defined as a person willfully and repeatedly exercising power or control over another with hostile or malicious intent(i.e., repeated oppression, physical or psychological, of a less powerful individual by a more powerful individual or group). Bullying can be physical,verbal, psychological, or a combination of all three. Some examples of bullying are:

·  Physical – hitting,kicking, spitting, pushing, pulling; taking and/or damaging personal belongings or extorting money, blocking or impeding student movement, unwelcome physical contact. 

·  Verbal – taunting,malicious teasing, insulting, name calling, making threats. 

·  Psychological –spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, coercion, or engaging in social exclusion/shunning, extortion, or intimidation.” 

Bullying, especially with today's technology, reaches beyond our school buildings. A community and parent approach is the key to eliminating this problem. Our district will continue to encourage students to share any information relating to bullying and behaviors that do not follow our respect code, student handbook, and district policies and guidelines.  We will take a strong stance against bullying in our learning environment as we continuously seek to“ensure learning while challenging all individuals to exceed their own expectations.”

Anti-Bullying Links and Resources

http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/kids/

http://www.education.com/topic/school-bullying-teasing/

  http://www.focusas.com/Bullying.html

http://www.findyouthinfo.gov/index.shtml