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Bullying Prevention

Bullying is repeated, unwanted harassment, intimidation, and abuse of another or others. Bullying behaviors happen more than once over time and can take various forms. Examples of systematic and continuous conduct that may constitute bullying and are prohibited by the district include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical bullying:  An act that inflicts harm upon a person's body or possessions, such as hitting, kicking, pinching, spitting, tripping, pushing, taking or breaking someone's possessions, or making cruel or rude hand gestures
  • Social/relational bullying:  An act that harms a person's reputation or relationships, spreading rumors, or embarrassing someone in public
  • Verbal bullying:  An act that includes saying or writing hurtful things, such as teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, or threats to cause harm
  • Cyberbullying:  An act such as sending demeaning, harmful, or hateful communications, texts, sounds, or images through a digital device. It includes breaking into another person’s electronic account and assuming that person’s identity to cause damage

Students who engage in bullying or cyberbullying on campus during school hours, traveling to or from school, or at school activities may be subject to disciplinary action. A student may be subject to disciplinary procedures for actions that pose a threat to the safety of other students, staff, or school property. San José Unified schools use Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to address bullying and inappropriate behaviors. 

Report instances of suspected bullying to a school administrator, teacher, counselor, or trusted adult as soon as possible.

Responding to Bullying Behavior

If you or someone you know has been a victim of suspected bullying, report these instances to a teacher, counselor, supervisor, school administrator, or other trusted adult as soon as possible. Social media bullying is on the rise and can occur through email, text or messages through social media, forums, or gaming platforms where people can view, participate in, or share content.

  • If you experience bullying, some immediate steps you can take include walking away or telling the aggressor to stop in a firm, but calm way.
  • If you witness bullying behavior, be more than just a bystander. Only intervene if it is safe to do so. Peer- to-Peer early intervention is proven to be effective in reducing bullying.
  • In a moment of bullying, a safe way someone can help the person being bullied can include creating a distraction to help focus the attention on something else.
  • If you are the target of cyberbullying:
    • Save evidence by taking screen shots or keeping copies of bullying texts, emails, or other communications
    • Don’t respond. Tell a teacher, counselor, supervisor, school administrator, or other trusted adult as soon as possible
    • Block the aggressors from your social media, email, or other social networking pages

See our policies and other bullying prevention resources: