BULLYING, HARASSMENT, AND INTIMIDATION

In accordance with the West Virginia Constitution, Article XII, s 2 and West Virginia Code ss 18-2-5, 18-2-5A, 18-2C-1 et seq., and 49-6A-2, this policy sets the requirements for schools and school property in Summers County to be free from all forms of bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation.  These acts are LEVEL THREE Inappropriate Behaviors.

“Bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation” is an intentional gesture, or any written, verbal or physical act, or threat that is sufficiently inappropriate, severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment or that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of:

  • Harming a student
  • Placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person
  • Damaging a student’s property
  • Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to his/her property

The term “persons” as used herein shall include all students, staff members, and members of the public.

The term “staff members” as used herein shall encompass all employees of the agency, including volunteers.

This policy applies to all persons on any school property and all persons attending school, school-related activities, or any education-sponsored events, whether held in a building or within or upon other property used or operated by the Summers County Board of Education, or any other facility being used by the Summers County Board of Education.

Bullying/Cyber-Bullying that occurs outside of school events or the school day should be reported to the police. The school does not have jurisdiction to take action on student behavior that occurs on their own time, until such time that in impedes the educational process.

No person on any school property or attending any school-related activity or any education-sponsored event, whether in a building or upon other property used or operated by the Summers County Board of Education shall engage in bullying, harassment, or intimidation.  Persons found to have violated this prohibition shall be subject to penalties contained in a subsequent section of this policy, discipline, and other penalties of law.