Bullying and Sexual Harassment - Alvin Independent School ...

Bullying and Sexual Harassment - Alvin Independent School ...

Bullying and Sexual Harassment 2018-19 Update Bullying Bullying Definition has been revised by the passage of legislation in Texas known as Davids Law. A single significant act or a pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and involves engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct, and has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a students property, or placing a

student in reasonable fear of harm to the students person or of damage to the students property; is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student; materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school; or infringes on the rights of the victim at school; Bullying and cyberbullying can be on or off campus if it: (A) interferes with a students educational opportunities; or (B)

substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a classroom, school, or school-sponsored or school-related activity. https://www.stopbullying.gov/ 3 Bullying or Cyberbullying Consequence This also includes the release or threat to release intimate visual material of a student 18 years old or younger is grounds for DAEP placement or expulsion. Encouraging a

student to commit or attempt to 4 commit suicide So whats this mean in English. Bullying can be one event that is so traumatic that the victim relives the event over and over or These events are intentional. The perpetrator or bully is purposefully intending harm to the victim either physically or socially.

There is always an imbalance in power. The perpetrator or bully has some power over the victim. They may have more physical strength or more social clout than the victim. It is a repeated pattern of events It can happen face to that cause fear for face, through rumor or ones safety or electronically via text ability to function or social media. in a

classroom. Consequences can include DAEP placement in addition to legal action not related to school. 5 Sexual Harassment 6 Sexual Harassment Definition Sexual harassment can be requests for sexual favors or unwelcome sexual behavior that is bad enough or happens often enough to make you feel uncomfortable, scared or confused and that interferes with your schoolwork or your ability to participate in extracurricular activities or attend classes. Sexual harassment can be verbal (comments about your body, spreading sexual rumors, sexual remarks or accusations, dirty jokes or stories),

physical(grabbing, rubbing, flashing or mooning, touching, pinching in a sexual way, sexual assault) visual (display of naked pictures or sex-related objects, obscene gestures). Sexual harassment can happen to girls and boys. Sexual harassers can be fellow students, teachers, principals, janitors, coaches, and other school officials. https://www.equalrights.org/legal-help/know-your-rights/sexual-harassment-at-school/ 7 Flirting vs. Harassment Harassment is Unwelcome Makes you feel uncomfortable or scared Is one-sided Flirting is Welcome

Makes you feel good Is mutual Types of Sexual Harassment Quid Pro Quo If you do this than I will do that. Can be a teacher/principal offering a better grade or better position in return for a sexual favor. Mary is a student in Mr. Smiths history class. Mr. Smith is everyones favorite teacher, but he has started to make Mary feel uncomfortable. He asks her to come to his room alone after school to discuss her schoolwork. When she shows up, he only talks about how pretty she is and once or twice he put his hand on her knee. He always asks for a hug before she leaves. He is now suggesting that they hold these after

school meetings at a caf in town. He tells her that she must continue to attend these extra discussion sessions if she wants to earn a good grade in his class. 9 Types of Sexual Harassment Hostile Environment When unwanted touching, comments, and/or gestures because of your sex are so bad or occur so often that it interferes with your schoolwork, makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe at school, or prevents you from participating in or benefiting from a school program or activity, this is called hostile environment harassment. This type of harassment could include conduct of a sexual nature, as well as harassing conduct based on a students failure to conform to gender stereotypes (for example, frequent and severe verbal teasing toward a student saying that she should not do certain things like play sports or wear certain clothes because she is a girl, or physical harassment because of a students gender expression). Luis gets constant attention from a particular group of girls in his high school. They send him sexually explicit notes, blow kisses at him, and rub up against him in the hallway. They wait for him when he gets off the school bus and when he gets out of class. They always seem to show up wherever he is. At first, he thought it was funny, but its starting to embarrass and frustrate him. Hes started to avoid going out so

he wont have to see them, and hes pretended to be sick a few times so he didnt have to go to school. Dianas school soccer team coach is constantly telling her sexual jokes and making suggestive comments. During practice, he whistles and winks at her when she runs by him. Diana told the coach that his behavior makes her uncomfortable, but he responded by saying that she needs to learn how to accept compliments. Recently, he showed her a calendar of bikini-clad female athletes and told her she is sexy enough to pose for such a magazine. She is thinking of quitting the soccer team just to avoid the coach. https://www.equalrights.org/legal-help/know-your-rights/sexual-harassment-at-school 10 Sexual Harassment Cyberbullying can be classified as sex-based harassment that is prohibited under Title IX. For example, prohibited harassment may include behaviors such as using cell

phones or the internet to target students by calling them sexually charged names; spreading sexual rumors; rating students on sexual activity or performance; disseminating compromising photographs or videos of a student; or circulating, showing, or creating emails or websites of a sexual nature. This kind of conduct may be prohibited harassment if it is severe, persistent, or pervasive. https://www.equalrights.org/legal-help/know-your-rights/sexual-harassment-at- 11 Now we know about it, what should we do?

12 13 Addressing Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is a serious issue. Many students who have been sexually harassed report a drop in their grades, and some students have had to transfer to a different school, drop classes, or leave school altogether. If you think you are being sexually harassed, it is important to tell someone who can help you stop it. Here are some things you and/or your parents can do: Dont blame yourself. The person who is harassing you is the one doing something wrong and you havent done anything to cause the harassment, even if you flirted with this person or liked him/her. Say No Clearly. Tell the person who is harassing you that his/her behavior offends you. They may not realize how hurtful their behavior is and may need a clear message from you to stop. If the harassment does not end, promptly write a letter asking the harasser to stop. Keep a copy of the letter. Write down what happened. When someone harasses you or makes you feel uncomfortable, write it down in a notebook that is just for this purpose. Write down what happened, the date it happened, where it happened, and who else may have seen or heard the harassment. Also write down what you did in response, and how the harassment made you feel. Do not write other information in this notebook, such as appointments or homework assignments. Save any notes, e-mails, text messages, or pictures the harasser sent or posted about you. It is a good idea to keep these records somewhere besides school, such as in your home or another safe place. If the harassment takes place online, such as on Facebook or other website, take steps to save and store the harassing content in case it gets removed or deleted

later. Report the Harassment. It is very important that you tell your parents or another adult, like a teacher or guidance counselor, about the harassment. If you want the school to do something about the harassment, you MUST tell a school official, such as the principal, that you are being sexually harassed. If you do not feel comfortable telling the school official yourself, get the help of your parents, a teacher, guidance counselor or another adult to go with you. If you and/or your parents tell a school official verbally, also do it in writing and keep a copy for yourself. If the first school official (like the principal) 14 doesnt respond, go to the school board or Superintendent to complain. The law says the school has to stop sexual harassment of a student whether the harasser is a teacher or another student(s), but the Were Here to Help. AHS Assistant Principals are here to help investigate any instance of Bullying or Sexual Harassment. Tonya Patterson, Associate Principal Social Studies Dept. Kee Building Sherry Kreft, Secretary 281-245-2661 Cavin Davis, Assistant Principal Special Education and Science Dept. Students Last Names G-K

Meyers Bldg. Suite 103 Amber O'Rosky, Secretary 281-245-2698 Karen Taylor, Assistant Principal Rodney McFarland, Assistant Principal English, Avid, and ESL Dept. Students Last Names C-F McCauley Bldg. Suite 130 Math and P.E. Students Last Names P-S McCauley Bldg. Suite 230 Brenda McCullough, Secretary 281-245-2696 Liliane Adames, Secretary 281-245-2707 Kim Eixman, Assistant Principal Testing Coordinator/504 McCauley Bldg. Suite 179

Stephanie Brown, Secretary (281) 245-2046 Heather Heil, Assistant Principal CTE, Students Last Names C-F McCauley Bldg. Str 130 Luke Kennedy Office Aaron Webb, Assistant Principal Foreign Language/Fine Arts Students Last Names L-O McCauley Bldg. Suite 230 Kathy Aven, Secretary 281-245-2752 LeShawn Wiliams, Secretary 281-245-2692 15 AHS Counselors Bottom Row: Donna Ruby Student last names with G-J [email protected] Ashley Miller Student last names with K-M [email protected] Dani Gilcrease Student last names with A-B & W-Z

[email protected] Top Row: Ron Fitzwater Student last names with S-V [email protected] Shannon Geletka Special Services [email protected] Carlene Leal Lead Counselor [email protected] Karen Daly Student last names with C-F [email protected] Vicki Cleleand Student last names with N-R [email protected]

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