According to MWISD’s Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form, bullying is a serious offense.
“Bullying, harassment, and intimidation are serious offenses and will not be tolerated in our school,” the form said. “In fact, Policy FFI and Policy FFH prohibit such activities.”
Students who instigate bullying can face repercussions as small as an office referral or as big as being sent to MWISD’s Discipline Alternative Education Program. In some instances, even the law can get involved.
Another key response MWISD has developed to ensure a safe environment for all students is to displace students’ schedules in instances where bullying may be an issue.
“We sit down and draw the kids schedules out, and then we try to give them a schedule change,” Trammell said. “That way they never have to cross paths in the hallways. We try to get it to where they are never in the same spot at the same time, including lunch.”
For any of this to work, bullying must be reported in a timely manner.
“Reports of bullying should be made as soon as possible after the alleged act or knowledge of the alleged act,” the form said. “A failure to promptly report may impair the District’s ability to investigate and address the prohibited act.”
You don’t have to be a student to report bullying. Parents/guardians and close adult relatives are also highly advised to report bullying.
For more information on MWISD and bullying, consult www.mwisd.net. To find out more about StayALERT, visit www.stayalert.info.