PREVENTING BULLYING BEHAVIORS!
Treat others as you would like to be treated.
What is Bullying?
According to KRS 158.148, bullying means any unwanted verbal, physical, or social behavior among students that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and is repeated or has the potential to be repeated.
1. The behavior occurs on school premises, on school sponsored transportation, or at a school sponsored event.
2. The behavior disrupts the educational process.
What is Bullying and/or Cyber-Bullying
● Placing a person in reasonable fear of harm to his or her emotional or physical well-being or
● Creating a hostile, threatening, humiliating or abusive educational environment due to the pervasiveness or persistence of actions or due to a power imbalance between the bully and the target or
● Interfering with a student having a safe school environment that is necessary for successful educational performance, opportunities or benefits or
● Perpetuating bullying by inciting, soliciting or coercing an individual or group to demean, dehumanize, embarrass or cause emotional, psychological or physical harm to another person.
What distinguishes bullying from other behaviors?
Bullying refers to:
● Intentional actions that harm, intimidate or humiliate another person physically, emotionally and/or socially.
● Repeated behaviors over time
● Actions which occur within the context of an imbalance of power between the bully and the victim.
Because we believe every student deserves a safe learning environment, the Kenton County School District is committed to dealing with bullying behaviors in our schools.
To help the student who is the target of bullying behaviors:
- We strive to identify the student who is using bullying behaviors, administer consequences for bullying behavior and help our students learn new ways of relating to others.
- We educate our school community of the serious impact of bullying behaviors in order to respond consistently to all instances of bullying.
- We report incidents to law enforcement as required by state statutes.
Specific Steps to Report Bullying
If you or someone you know is being bullied or know of any unsafe conditions, please report to any Kenton County Employee (teacher, counselor, advisor, principal, secretary). You may also report anonymously on S.T.O.P Tipline.
Employees are expected to take reasonable and prudent action in situations involving student welfare and safety, including following District policy requirements for intervening and reporting to the Principal or to their immediate supervisor those situations that threaten, harass, or endanger the safety of students, other staff members, or visitors to the school or District. Such instances shall include, but are not limited to, bullying or hazing of students and harassment/discrimination of staff, students or visitors by any party.
Some instances of peer-to-peer bullying/hazing/harassment, require the employee to report to the alleged victim’s Principal, as directed by KCSD Board Policy 09.42811. The Principal/designee shall investigate and address alleged incidents of such misbehavior. In each school building, the Principal is the person responsible for receiving reports of harassment/discrimination at the building level. Otherwise, reports of harassment/discrimination may be made directly to the Office of the Superintendent/Designee. Additionally, if sexual discrimination or harassment is being alleged, reports may be made directly to the District Title IX Coordinator. Complaints of harassment/discrimination, whether verbal or written, shall lead to a documented investigation. Without a report being made to the Principal, Superintendent/Designee, or Title IX/Equity Coordinator, the District shall not be deemed to have received a complaint of harassment/ discrimination.
In applicable cases, employees must report bullying and hazing to appropriate law enforcement authorities and complete documentation as required by the District’s harassment/discrimination policies covering federally protected areas.
If your child is involved in an incident related to KRS 158.156, the Principal shall notify parents/guardians in writing and create an incident report with police if required. All Board Policies and Procedures related to bullying and harassment can be accessed at this link: KCSD Board Policies.