• How should I report bullying to the school?

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    You can report to any Long staff member that you feel comfortable with.  That staff person will report the complaint of bullying to Principal Hunt or the Counselor Starr-Hunter.  Within two school days of a report of an incident of bullying being received, the principal or counselor will initiate an investigation of the incident.  The investigation shall be completed within ten school days from the date of the written report unless good cause exists to extend the investigation.

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  • What is the district's policy on bullying?

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    "The district's anti-bullying policy is founded on the assumption that all students need a safe learning environment.  The purposes of this policy are to set forth the district's prohibition of bullying, harassment, or intimidation of students in the school environment (including virtual environment), any reprisal or retaliation against individuals who report acts of bullying, harassment, or intimidation of victims, witnesses, bystanders of same; and to direct the district to establish reporting and investigation procedures and disciplinary consequences for violations of this policy."

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  • What if the bully has threatened me if I tell?

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    Please know that the school will keep all information anonymous.  Also, please know that it is better to let a trusted adult know what's going on so that they can help you.

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  • What do I do when I'm being bullied online?

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    1.  Make sure to tell someone you trust right away.

    2.  Make sure to take screenshots of the bullying as evidence.  

    3.  Let someone at school know what's going on.  We will investigate and take appropriate action.  

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  • What Is Cyberbullying

    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.

    The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:

    • Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik Tok
    • Text messaging and messaging apps on mobile or tablet devices
    • Instant messaging, direct messaging, and online chatting over the internet
    • Online forums, chat rooms, and message boards, such as Reddit
    • Email
    • Online gaming communities

    Special Concerns

    With the prevalence of social media and digital forums, comments, photos, posts, and content shared by individuals can often be viewed by strangers as well as acquaintances. The content an individual shares online – both their personal content as well as any negative, mean, or hurtful content – creates a kind of permanent public record of their views, activities, and behavior. This public record can be thought of as an online reputation, which may be accessible to schools, employers, colleges, clubs, and others who may be researching an individual now or in the future. Cyberbullying can harm the online reputations of everyone involved – not just the person being bullied, but those doing the bullying or participating in it. Cyberbullying has unique concerns in that it can be:

    Persistent – Digital devices offer an ability to immediately and continuously communicate 24 hours a day, so it can be difficult for children experiencing cyberbullying to find relief.

    Permanent – Most information communicated electronically is permanent and public, if not reported and removed. A negative online reputation, including for those who bully, can impact college admissions, employment, and other areas of life.

    Hard to Notice – Because teachers and parents may not overhear or see cyberbullying taking place, it is harder to recognize.

    Laws and Sanctions

    All states have laws requiring schools to respond to bullying. As cyberbullying has become more prevalent with the use of technology, many states now include cyberbullying, or mention cyberbullying offenses, under these laws. Schools may take action either as required by law, or with local or school policies that allow them to discipline or take other action. Some states also have provisions to address bullying if it affects school performance. You can learn about the laws and policies in each state, including if they cover cyberbullying.

    Frequency of Cyberbullying

    There are two sources of federally collected data on youth bullying:

    • The 2018 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice) indicates that, among students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied at school during the school year, 15% were bullied online or by text.
    • The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that an estimated 14.9% of high school students were electronically bullied in the 12 months prior to the survey.

    See also "Frequency of Bullying."

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