Harassment/Bullying

The district is committed to providing an educational environment free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. Harassment, intimidation and bullying are prohibited as defined in this policy (Policy 3207).

“Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentional written, electronic, verbal or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic in RCW 9A.36.080(3), (race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental or physical disability), or other distinguishing characteristics when the intentional written, electronic, verbal or physical act:

  1. Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
  2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or
  3. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
  4. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms, including, but not limited to, slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendoes, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats, or other written, oral or physical actions, or electronically transmitted messages or images. “Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s) on the intended or unintended party.

Responses to violations are designed to remediate the impact on the victim and the school climate, and change the behavior of the perpetrator. Occurrences of harassment, intimidation and bullying may result in the following, depending upon the frequency and severity of the conduct:

  1. Intervention;
  2. Counseling;
  3. Correction;
  4. Discipline; and/or
  5. Referral to law enforcement or other applicable agency.

False reports of harassment, intimidation or bullying also constitute a violation.

Retaliation or reprisal against any person who makes a complaint of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, or who testifies or participates in the investigation of such a complaint, is strictly prohibited. Retaliation, if proven, will be treated as a separate offense even if the underlying complaint is unproven. If a student is found to have committed retaliation under this policy, the student shall be subject to appropriate discipline and/or remedial measures.

At Finley Elementary School all students are expected to deal with all persons in ways that convey respect and consideration for individuals regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. Students who choose to harass/bully others with unwanted and unwelcome behavior will be choosing an Automatic Step 4 or 5 (see Make Your Day Discipline Program).