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Bullying and Cyberbullying

We define bullying at O’Hara Park as a negative interaction between students that meets the following criteria:

  • Bullying occurs when a person directs a purposeful, negative action at a specific target.
  • The behavior does not need to be extreme to be a negative action.  Not allowing others to join an activity or giving intimidating looks are purposeful actions meant to negatively affect another.
  • Bullying takes place over time with a series of incidents.
  • For example, when a child calls another child a derogatory name once, or two children get into a fight and it is an isolated incident, neither would constitute bullying.  Bullying is a pattern of behaviors occurring over time.
  • There is an imbalance of power between the bully and the victim.

We strive to provide each student with a safe educational experience every day.  We recognize that bullying can be non-verbal, verbal, physical and electronic.  Students that engage in bullying receive strict discipline consequences.   We encourage students and parents to inform a school staff member when he/she feels they are victims of bullying or when they are witnesses to someone else being bullied.  Interventions include conflict resolution, guidance counseling and progressive discipline.