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Bullying Prevention and Education

Bullying Prevention Coordinators for Mill Run Elementary School - John Cornely, Tricia Ulbrich,

and Marisa Veltri.
 

Loudoun County Public School Policy

  • STUDENT CONDUCT

    • 8-41 Bullying Prevention and Education

    Bullying and cyber bullying are prohibited at all times and it is the policy of the Loudoun County School Board to create bully-free learning environments. Such incidents should be investigated and handled by school staff as quickly and expediently as possible.

    A. Definition. Bullying is the systematic and chronic inflicting of physical hurt or psychological distress on another person.The Code of Virginia at § 22.1-276.01 defines bullying as:any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. "Bullying" includes cyber bullying. "Bullying" does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.

    Bullying Characteristics

    1. Bullying involves physical and emotional behaviors that are intentional, controlling, and hurtful that create harassing, intimidating, hostile or otherwise offensive educational environments.
    2. Bullying is unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by a student or adult, that is severe or pervasive enough to create feelings of intimidation,alienation, or humiliation which unreasonably interfere with the school performance or participation of others.
    3. Bullying behavior is a subtype of the broader concept of peer aggression and victimization; bullying prevention approaches must focus more broadly on reducing all forms of aggressions and victimization, regardless of the intent, frequency, and power differential.
    4. The Virginia General Assembly requires policies and procedures regarding bullying and cyberbullying may not prohibit expression of religious, philosophical, or political views, unless that expression creates an actual, material disruption of the work of the school.