West Ada School District is committed to creating a safe educational environment for all students, employees, parents/guardians, volunteers, and patrons that is free from all types of aggression.
Peer conflicts, bullying, and harassment are three different types of student aggression.
Peer conflict occurs when the aggressive behavior is a one time or isolated event. A balance of power typically exists between students involved in a peer conflict. Students involved in a peer conflict are often willing to work out the conflict with assistance or to agree to leave each other alone.
Bullying is another type of student aggression. Bullying includes aggressive behavior that is intentional, planned to result in harm, and is often unprovoked. Bullying is aggression that is carried out repeatedly over time. Bullying can be carried out by either a single individual or a group. It is common for an imbalance of power between the bully and the target or victim of bullying to exist. Bullying can be aggressive acts that are physical, verbal, or social/relationship. Cyberbullying occurs when students use electronic devices such as computers or cell phones to bully.
Harassment is another type of aggressive behavior. Harassment is specific aggressive behavior that is focused on an individual’s race, national origin, religion, color, disability, or sex. Harassment is behavior that is severe, persistent or pervasive enough to interfere with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from school.
If your child is being bullied, the first step is to focus on your child, be supportive and listen to them in order to validate their emotions. Through processing with your child, gather information (who, what, when, where) while discouraging retaliation from your child. Contact your schools principal or assistant principal, providing as much factual information as possible.
Students, parents, volunteers, patrons, and staff are asked to immediately report incidents of student aggression including peer conflicts, bullying, or harassment to the building principal or assistant principal.