What is bullying?
    Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior that invokes a real or perceived threat or action. It is a behavior that is repeated or can be repeated by one individual or many individuals. Long lasting effects of bullying may cause lifelong problems for both the victim and the bully.

    What are the types of bullying and some examples?

    • Verbal bullying includes name calling, verbal threats, spreading rumors or excluding a student from activities or conversations.
    • Physical bullying involves one or more students aggressively hitting or attacking another student.  
    • Social/ Cyberbullying is electronic aggression using the internet, social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), e-mails, instant messaging and text messaging.

    When and where is bullying likely to happen?
    Bullying is likely to occur at school, on the way to or from school, on the playground, in the cafeteria, in the classroom and sometimes on the internet.

    What is Marion County School District's policy on bullying?
    Any and all incidences of bullying should be reported immediately.

    How are bullying incidents handled in Marion County School District?

    • School administration will contact all parties associated with the bullying incident to make sure that all parties are aware of the policy against bullying and the consequences for continuing to bully.
    • Incidents will be documented and parents in all cases will be contacted.
    • Consequences can be as simple as a warning and as serious as a recommendation for expulsion.

    Visit See Something Say Something on the Marion County School District webpage to report an incident of bullying, harassment, or intimidation. You may choose to include your name or remain completely anonymous.

Bullying and Teasing in MCSD