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Kelli May POS 500-0502 July 4, 2019 Professor Lezlie Borden-Sistrunk
Bullying Defined “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems” (StopBullying.gov, 2012). “Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior” (StopBullying.gov, 2012). Steps in Reporting The steps teachers, in DeKalb County Schools, are required to take when notified a student is being bullied are: a parent, guardian, student or concerned citizen has a bullying, harassment, discrimination or hazing concern to report; the concern is reported either verbally or in writing to any school staff member; concern is then documented and submitted to the administration and entered into “Infinite Campus”; the administration launches an investigation no later than the following day and will include the creation of a statement of facts and interviewing witnesses; during the investigation, the parents of all parties will be verbally notified, no later than three days after the investigations completion; student in violation of the Student Code of Conduct will receive “age-appropriate” consequences, the victim and parents will be notified of the outcome (DeKalb County School District, 2018).

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