• Bullying


    Avon Community Schools are committed to providing a safe learning environment that is free from bullying.  To achieve this goal all of the following have been implemented:

    • Policy prohibiting bullying - ACSC Anit-Bullying Policy 5517.01
    • Staff training which includes bullying prevention policy, plans, and procedures
    • Educational programs for students  
    • An avenue for anonymous reporting -Report Now 
    • Prompt investigation of reported incidents
    • Disciplinary consequences for violation of the policy

    An incident is considered bullying if all of the following apply: 

    • Behavior was negative or malicious
    • Happened more than once
    • Targeted a specific individual
    • Intended to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate or harm
    • Created a hostile environment

    Your concerns are important, even if the behavior does not constitute bullying it can still be reported to an administrator, guidance counselor, teacher or reported anonymously.     


    Differences between peer conflict and bullying 

    Normal Peer Conflict

    • Peers have equal power or are friends with each other
    • Conflict happens occasionally or rarely
    • May be accidental
    • May not be serious; no threat of harm
    • Equal emotional reaction from both peers
    • Not seeking power or attention and not trying to gain something
    • General remorse - will want to take responsibility
    • Effort on both sides to solve the problem

     Bullying

    • Imbalance of power between peers; not friends
    • Repeated negative actions that happen often
    • Purposefully done
    • Serious with a threat of physical or emotional harm
    • Strong emotional reaction from the victim and little to no emotional reaction from the bully
    • Seeking power, control or material things
    • No remorse - bully blames victim: no guilt from bully
    • No effort to solve the problem

     

  • Anti-Bullying Resources 

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    Common Sense Media
    is a leading internet safety and 21st Century education advocate for students, from which the ACSC Internet Safety and Cyberbullying curriculum originates. 

     
    Stop Bullying logo
    Stopbullying.gov-Visit this parent resource to learn more about bullying as it relates to ACSC Board Policy 5517.01

     
    National Bullying Prevention Center logo
    National Bullying Prevention Center-Visit this site for additional insight for yourself and to learn how to support your student in anti-bullying decision making.
     
    IDOE logo
    Indiana Department of Education resources-Visit this website to learn how to report bullying and cyberbullying incidents to law enforcement when the incident occurs off of school grounds.