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Bullying Policy and Reporting

The CTC prohibits all forms of bullying behavior on school property, in school vehicles, at school-sponsored events, or during travel to and from school. Any violation of this policy shall be considered an infraction of the Student Code of Conduct, with discipline implemented accordingly. All bullying behavior that is a violation of the OH Criminal Code will be reported to the police.

The CTC strives to provide a safe, positive learning climate for students and recognizes that bullying of students has a negative effect on the educational environment of the school. Students who are bullied, intimidated, or fearful of other students may not be able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered by the CTC. Every student has the right to an education and to be safe in and around the school and at school activities. Therefore, the CTC strives to offer all students an educational environment free from bullying. Bullying shall mean a pattern of repeated harmful behavior by a person with more physical or social power toward a less powerful person. This may include a wide variety of behaviors, with deliberate intent to hurt, embarrass, or humiliate the other person.

Researchers have identified four (4) forms of bullying:

Physical - the most commonly known form; includes hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing and taking personal belongings.
Verbal - includes taunting, malicious teasing, name-calling, and making threats.
Psychological or Relational - involves spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, and engaging in social exclusion or intimidation.
Cyber-Bullying - forms of verbal and psychological bullying may also occur on the Internet through e-mail, instant messaging, or personal profile and social network web sites such as My-Space. Facebook, etc. Cyber-bullying includes, but is not limited to, the following misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another student, teacher or employee of the district by sending or posting inappropriate or derogatory e-mail messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or web site postings (including blogs). All forms of cyber-bullying are unacceptable and, to the extent that such actions are disruptive of the educational process of the district, offenders shall be the subjects of appropriate discipline.

Bullying shall mean unwelcome verbal, written or physical conduct directed at a student by another student that has the intent of or effect of:

Physically, emotionally or mentally harming a student.
Damaging, extorting or taking a student's personal property.
Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical, emotional or mental harm.
Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to or loss of personal property.
Creating an intimidating or hostile environment that substantially interferes with a student's educational opportunities.

Physical/Sexual Abuse

Physical, sexual or verbal assault by a student against another student or staff member is strictly forbidden.

Incidents, which are clearly "fighting," involving at least two (2) combatants in mutual physical force, will be considered serious offenses. Police may be called.
Incidents, where one party is clearly physically assaulted or attacked by another without provocation, will be handled as serious violations. Police may be called.

While no physical altercations, verbal assault, or sexual assault are condoned, there are varying degrees of severity associated with the extent of force used. Facts leading to the incident and the depth of involvement of the parties engaged in the situation will be investigated, and in any situation where the instigator of the altercation can be clearly determined, that party will receive a more severe punishment than the other party.

Potential Safety Issue or Bullying Reporting eform

Please use this form to electronically submit any safety issues or alleged bullying. Anonymous reports are accepted and all incidents are initially considered "alleged".

False accusations of harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

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