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Reporting Bullying

Escambia County Policy and Definition

The policy of the Escambia County School District is that all of its students and employees have an educational setting that is safe, secure, and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. The district will not tolerate bullying and harassment of any type.

Bullying means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. It is further defined as 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 an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation; and may involve but is not limited to:

a. unwanted teasing

b. social exclusion

c. threat

d. intimidation

e. stalking

f. physical violence

g. theft

h. sexual, religious, or racial harassment

i. public humiliation

j. destruction of property


Harassment means any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal or physical conduct directed against a student or school employee that:

a. places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property;

b. has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits; or

c. has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school.


Bullying and harassment also encompasses:

a. Retaliation against a student or school employee by another student or school employee for asserting or alleging an act of bullying or harassment. Reporting an act of bullying or harassment that is not made in good faith is considered retaliation.

b. Perpetuation of conduct listed in the definition of bullying or harassment by an individual or group with intent to demean, dehumanize, embarrass, or cause emotional or physical harm to a student or school employee by:

i. Incitement or coercion;

ii. accessing or knowingly and willingly causing or providing access to data or computer software through a computer, computer system, or computer network within the scope of the district school system; or



Please use the following links and websites to report bullying:

How to Talk About Bullying

Florida Department of Education - Safe Schools

Make Time to Listen, Time to Talk (conversation starters with children) (PDF)

Bullying and Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, or Bisexual (LGBT) Youth

Prevent Cyberbullying

Technology and Youth: Protecting your Child from Electronic Aggression
(PDF) For bullying and harassment using social media (such as Facebook, MySpace, Tumblr and Formspring), parents can follow the social media site's "Help" link to report abuse or policy violations such as imposter accounts, bullying, hate speech, pornography, etc.

Help Your Intellectually Disabled Child Handle Bullying

Bullying of Children with Special Needs

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN): Anti-Bullying Resources

Bullying Prevention for Parents (podcast)