Monrovia High School does not condone bullying. The following actions may be taken if bullying occurs: counseling, involving parents or guardians, reporting to authorities, suspending or expelling students involved. Our involvement includes appropriate interventions, restoration of a positive climate, and support for victims and others impacted by the violation.
Help Us STOP Bullying!
As of July 1, 2013 the Indiana Code (IC) 20-33-8-0.2 was amended to read as follows: Bullying is defined as overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors, that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
- Places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student’s person or property;
- Has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental health;
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance; or
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, and privileges provided by the school.
Subsection B of IC 20-33-8-13.5 dictates that discipline rules “may be applied regardless of the physical location in which the bullying behavior occurred, whenever:
- The individual committing the bullying behavior and any of the intended targets of the bullying behavior are students attending a school within a school corporation; AND
- Disciplinary action is reasonably necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or prevent an unreasonable threat to the rights of others to a safe and peaceful learning environment.
What is Bullying?
Bullying occurs when one or more individuals, repeatedly, intentionally hurts, threatens, intimidates, inappropriately touches, or attempts to devalue another person. It is difficult for the person being targeted to avoid the person bullying and to defend him or herself. In many instances the bullying behavior continues and has the potential to escalate into violence. Please refer to our student handbook for additional information. Some examples of bullying include:
- Punching, shoving, tripping, kicking, slapping, hiding others personal property, and other physical acts
- Spreading rumors
- “Ganging up” on others
- Making inappropriate sexual comments and gestures
Bullying can also happen electronically:
- Sending a mean or inappropriate text or e-mail
- Posting inappropriate pictures /messages about others
- Using someone else’s username to spread rumors or lies
- Forwarding photos, videos and texts that are inappropriate
Everyone has a role. In many cases, you can choose your role. Which one are you?
The Bully (Perpetrator): One who engages in behaviors that are intended to devalue someone, assert power, or hurt another either physically or emotionally.
- This is a choice
- Put yourself in the other person’s shoes
- Think of the consequences
- Find a positive way to express yourself
The Target: One who is a target of bullying behavior. You may feel anger, fear, and often times, isolation. This is not a role of choice.
- GET HELP! Speak with a counselor, social worker, security officer, teacher, or administrator. We cannot help if we are not aware of the problem!
- Stay in a group
- If it feels safe, stand up to the person who is bullying you – tell them to “STOP”
- Use humor to “blow off” the bullying behavior
The Ally: One who engages in an act of support on behalf of someone who is being targeted. Ally behavior can be demonstrated through words, emotional support or direct action. If you are not an ally, you can choose to become one.
- You are making a difference
- Stand up for the Target
- Give the Target emotional support
- Report the bullying to an adult
The Bystander: Anyone who observes an act of bullying and doesn’t take any action to stop the behavior or to stand up as support to the targeted victim. YOU ARE INDIRECTLY SUPPORTING THE BULLYING AND HARASSING BEHAVIOR.
- This is a choice
- Walk away from the situation
- Report the situation to an adult
- Become an ally!
Stop bullying by reporting it when it happens. Students are encouraged to report incidents at https://mgsd-in.safeschoolsalert.com/ . ANYONE MAKING A FALSE REPORT OF BULLYING WILL RECEIVE DISCIPLINARY ACTION RANGING FROM SUSPENSION TO EXPULSION FROM SCHOOL.