No student should be subjected to bullying or harassment that interferes with their ability to learn. No student should be subjected to safety problems that can result from bullying and harassment.
School safety is a priority and we take complaints of bullying very seriously.
What is bullying?
Bullying is defined as 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 that:
- has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or damage to the student's property;
- is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student;
- materially or substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school; or
- infringes on the rights of the victim at school
The definition of bullying includes cyberbullying. This applies to:
- bullying that occurs on or is delivered to school property or to the site of a school-related activity on or off school property;
- bullying that occurs on a publicly or privately owned school bus or vehicle being used for transportation of students to or from school-related activity; and
- cyberbullying that occurs off school property or outside of a school-sponsored or school-related event, if the conduct interferes with a student's educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the operations of school, classroom, or school-related activity.
Staying safe in a digital world
Our online and mobile activities are just a normal part of life. But, the powerful technology that fills both our schools and homes comes with some potential dangers.
Having unlimited access to information and people may result in increased knowledge and great experiences. But it can also lead to inappropriate content and exposure to risks. We want students to make good decisions in the digital world to protect their safety, personal information and reputation.
What is the district doing?
Internet filters within our district protect from inappropriate material online. Several policies are also in place to address online safety and security, as well as rules for technology use.
Lamesa ISD as implemented STOPit to address and provide an anonymous reporting tool for students to make an anonymous report should they be a witness of or was the victim of bullying.
STOPit is transforming the way the world reports and prevents inappropriate and criminal behavior. Business, governments, schools and law enforcement agencies depend upon the individuals within their communities to speak up in order to keep people safe, mitigate risk and fight crime. But legacy reporting systems – paper, hotlines, even web reporting – no longer meet the needs of our modern connected society. In order to get the kind of insight that can make a difference, you need to meet people where they are.
With a simple mobile app, STOPit instantly and anonymously connects people with those individuals who can resolve issues. STOPit also equips administrators with a smart, easy backend system which supports anonymous two-way communication and a host of other tools to save time and conduct an effective, efficient investigation. Most importantly, STOPit is a powerful deterrent – you’ll see the difference as people start thinking twice before making a bad decision. STOPit is helping create safer places for people to live, work and learn.
Visit the STOPit website to find out more!