• Definition and reporting "bullying"

    At SMS the teachers and administrators support the right of students to come to school to learn without fear of being bullied or harassed. Procedures are in place to report either through directly talking with an administrator, counselor or teacher OR anonymously through the district's SafeSchools Alert tip reporting service. There are four ways to report bullying and harassment: call or text to 940-312-7186; email 1238@alert1.us; or on the web at http://1238.alert1.us.


    According to Texas House Bill 1942 and Denton ISD Board Policy FFI, "bullying" is:

    ·        Engaging in written or verbal expression or physical conduct;

    ·        Occurring on school property, at school-sponsored or school related activity or in a vehicle operated by the district;
    ·        Has 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 of damage to the student's property;
    ·       Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
    Sometimes it is hard to determine if a situation is "bullying" or if it's "conflict". This could help:

    Student Conflict (Peer & Peer)

    • Equal power between students
    • Happens occasionally
    • Not pre-meditated; accidental
    • No attempt to gain material possession or power
    • In the moment (temporary) emotional reaction from students
    • Remorse/regret from students
    • No long-term negative impact on either student
    • Willingness to resolve the problem
    • Doesn’t require ongoing counseling intervention or support

    Student Bullying (Bully & Target)

    • Imbalance of power between bully and target
    • Happens frequently (often daily)
    • Pre-meditated and intent to harm; bully chooses target
    • Attempt to gain material possession or power over target
    • Strong emotional reaction from target
    • No remorse from bully; blames target
    • Short and long term negative impact on target
    • Not willing to resolve problem (unless made to do so)
    • Requires ongoing counseling intervention and support
Last Modified on September 15, 2014