Marshall ISD prohibits bullying on school property, at school-sponsored or school related activities, or in any vehicle operated by the District.
Bullying may be verbal or written expression or expression through electronic means, or physical conduct. Bullying is not tolerated by the District and any student or parent of a student who believes that the student or another student has experienced bullying or that a student has engaged in bullying is encouraged to immediately report the incident. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of district policy and is prohibited. Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying, orally or in writing, to a teacher, counselor, principal or other District employee. Students or parents may contact the District to obtain an incident report form that may be used to submit the complaint. Please note that after submission of the complaint to the District employee, the District may assign the complaint to a campus administrator to follow up on the submitted complaint and any other important matters pertaining to the complaint. We encourage you to communicate with your designated campus administrator during this time.
According to the federal government's anti-bullying website at www.stopbullying.gov., bullying is defined as "unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose."
There are three types of bullying: verbal, social and physical.
- Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. This includes:
- Inappropriate comments
- Threatening to cause harm
- Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone's reputation or relationships. This includes:
- Leaving someone out on purpose
- Telling other children not to be friends with someone
- Spreading rumors about someone
- Embarrassing someone in public
- Physical bullying involves hurting a person's body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
- Hitting, kicking, or pinching
- Tripping or pushing
- Taking or breaking someone's things
- Making mean or rude hand gestures