What is Bullying?
As stated on the Iowa Department of Education’s website:
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.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. – 2014 US Department of Education office of Safe Schools
What is not Bullying?
Peer conflict is not bullying behavior. Conflict between two or more peers with no perceived power imbalance, should still be reported to building administrators, teachers, counselors, etc. for resolution.
103.1 Anti-bullying/Harassment Policy http://www.waterlooschools.org/newpolicies/files/2017/04/103.1.pdf
103.1-R Anti-bullying or Harassment Complaint Procedure http://www.waterlooschools.org/newpolicies/files/2017/04/103.1-R.pdf
103.1-E1 Complaint Form for Allegations of Bullying/Harassment http://www.waterlooschools.org/newpolicies/files/2017/04/103.1-E1-Compl.-Form.pdf
103.1-E2 Witness Disclosure Form for Allegations of Bullying/Harassment http://www.waterlooschools.org/newpolicies/files/2017/04/103.1-E2-Witness-form.pdf
Reporting Bullying Behavior
Bullying or unwanted behavior should be reported immediately to any adult in the building including, but not limited to an administrator, counselor or teacher. Bullying behavior can also be reported using one of the following means:
Safety & Bullying Hotline
Voice Mail: 319-433-2081
“All bad behavior is not bullying, but all bullying is bad behavior” – Anonymous