Definition of Harassment & Bullying

  • School District definition: (per Washington State law)
    The Snoqualmie Valley School District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers and patrons, free from harassment, intimidation or bullying.

    “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentional act, by electronic, written, verbal, or physical means – including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics – that:
    • Physically harms a student or damages the student's property; or
    • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education; or
    • Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational  environment; or
    • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

    Harassment and bullying behaviors that may occur in schools:

    Harassment and bullying behaviors can be viewed in two categories:
    • Harassment: Serious, unwanted conduct, such as threats or physical actions;
    • Bullying:  Ongoing, unwanted behavior, a pattern of behavior rather than random incidents of meanness or hurtful behavior.
    The core goal of harassment/bullying behavior is power over the victim which is satisfied based on how the victim reacts or responds
    Harassment/Bullying can include (but is not limited to):
    • Verbal – name calling, slurs, harassment, teasing, derogatory remarks, rumors, etc.;
    • Non-verbal – threatening tones, gestures, inappropriate touching, or actions that intentionally humiliate or threaten a student’s sense of safety;
    • Violating personal  space – (ex. Bouncing a ball on the back of your bus seat to bug you constantly);
    • Physical – hitting, kicking, etc.;
    • Exclusion – leaving people out on purpose, cliques, exclusive clubs, telling friends not to be friends with you;
    • Threats –communicating to cause fear or anxiety in another person(s), trying to control another with a threat of harm;
    • Gender/sexual based or individuality – harassment about gender/sexual orientation or physical appearance;
    • Cyber – using technology to bully: social network sites, webpages, text messages, instant messaging, hate blogs, pictures, prank phone calls, etc.;
    • Indifferent – being a bystander and not reporting, or laughing and going along with it.