It is the policy of Southwest Allen County Schools to maintain a positive learning environment that is free from bullying. Therefore, the priority is prevention and procedures that expedite reporting, intervention, investigation, and follow-up once an incident has occurred. Students and/or parents should immediately report bullying to any school staff member.
Indiana law defines bullying as overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student and create for that student an objectively hostile school environment that:
A record made of an investigation, a disciplinary action, or a follow-up action performed under this Policy is not a public record under Indiana law.
It shall be a violation of this Policy for any student to bully another student, regardless of the physical location in which the bullying occurred, whenever:
It shall be a violation of this Policy for any student to bully another student through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network, if the two above criteria are satisfied.
Student/Parent Reporting of Bullying Incidents
Students and/or parents may report incidents of bullying to an administrator, school counselor, School Resource Officer, teacher, school bus driver or any school staff member. When reporting, students and/or parents will be asked to complete a written report of bullying.
Students and/or parents may anonymously report bullying incident by calling 260-431-2100 or by completing a bullying report form and returning it to the school.