ANTI-BULLYING /HARASSMENT POLICY
The school communities within the Brooklyn Diocese believe in the sanctity of human
life and the inherent dignity of the human person. We believe that all students, school
employees and volunteers have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. All
members of the school community, in turn, have an obligation to promote mutual respect,
tolerance and acceptance. Research shows that students who learn in a safe and
supportive environment succeed academically. Students have a right to learn in an
environment free of any harassment that substantially interferes with their education .
Bullying, bias-based harassment /intimidation are intentional, repeated, hurtful acts
(physical, verbal, written) committed by one or more persons towards another person or
persons. It usually involves an actual or perceived imbalance of power which can be
physical, emotional or verbal.
If not addressed, bullying can lead to the creation of a hostile, offensive or intimidating
school environment and can affect a student’s educational opportunities.
The behaviors include but are not limited to:
• Physical: physical violence, stalking, threats, aggressive or menacing gestures, exclusion from peer groups which is intended to humiliate or isolate the target (relational bullying)
• Verbal: taunts, teasing, derogatory language, derogatory jokes, name calling, slurs, spreading rumors
• Written: written or graphic material including graffiti containing comments or stereotypes that are electronically written and transmitted via internet, social messaging sites, blogs, instant messaging, text messages, cell phone, webcams. This would also include forwarding such messages if received. This generally
• The targeted student, parent/guardian of a student or other
students in the school (bystanders), or any school staff who believe
that bullying has occurred should report the incident to the
• The principal needs to conduct an investigation by interviewing all
• The parents of all involved students should be notified.
• If it is determined that bullying has occurred the child who bullied is
to be subject to consequences per the school’s disciplinary code.
• Parents should be advised to contact the appropriate law
enforcement agency if the situation warrants such a report.
• Referral to counseling should be made for all parties if deemed
• The principal must follow up to see that the offending conduct has
• All students should be notified that retaliation against anyone who
makes a report will not be tolerated and those that retaliate will be
subject to disciplinary actions.
Communication of Policy:
Annually all staff, students and parents should be apprised of the policy and such a school
policy should appear in the parent/student handbook and faculty handbook.
January 18, 2011