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Bullying

Kilgore ISD on Bullying
 
A Message about Bullying
The subject of bullying has made national and local headlines as several high-profile events have brought this issue into the spotlight. Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students every day. Bullying is intentional tormenting in physical, verbal or psychological ways. Often people dismiss bullying among kids as a normal part of growing up. Bullying is harmful and can lead children and teenagers to feel tense and afraid. Children and adolescents who bully thrive on controlling or dominating others and have often been victims of physical abuse or bullying themselves.
 
Bullying is a growing issue across the nation and Kilgore ISD is not immune to this problem. Parents and community members may see Kilgore ISD’s Bullying Policy FFI (Local) on the district website. Both campus and district administrators are working together to provide a safe and orderly learning environment that encourages community involvement and engagement. At the district level, we have implemented several initiatives:
  • The Director of Special Projects/Safe and Drug Free Coordinator has provided campus administrators with information specifically addressing bullying.
  • The district has established procedures on each campus for the reporting of bullying. Students should report any alleged act or knowledge of the alleged act in a timely manner. Any student who believes that he or she experienced bullying should immediately report the alleged acts to a teacher, counselor, principal, or other District employee. Any employee who receives notice that a student has or may have experienced bullying shall immediately notify the campus principal or designee.
  • Each campus has also been provided materials which include bullying, drugs and school safety.
 
We need to work together
 
It is important that the community be an active participant in this challenge to keep all our children safe, as this process can only be successful with assistance from both parents and community members. Parents are asked to talk to their children on a consistent basis to gauge their emotional and physical well-being and possible response to bullying situations.
 
Also, please share with your child the importance of telling an adult if they are being bullied, either at school or on the Internet sites such as Facebook and MySpace. Too often, schools learn about a bullying situation after it’s too late. By letting us know early on, we can work together as partners and take appropriate measures to stop the bullying. Also, please let your children know that you will not tolerate any bullying type of behavior they may be a part of.
 
Social Networking
 
Social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace are quickly becoming tools for bullying and making threats. Children need to be reminded that the words they write and the images they
post have consequences offline. OnGuardOnline.gov provides several tips for parents to use to help children use social networking sites safely:
 
  • Help your children understand what information should be private.  Explain that children should post only information that you-and they-are comfortable withothers seeing.
  • Use privacy settings to restrict who can access and post on you child’s Web site.
  • Remind your children that once they post information online, they can’t take it back.
  • Talk to your children about avoiding suggestive talk online.
  • Tell your children to trust their gut if they have suspicions. If they ever feel uncomfortable or threatened by anything online, encourage them to tell you.
 
Resources for Parents and Community Members
 
Parent and community members may access the following Web sites for resource information on bullying:
 
  • Bullying Prevention Information
  • OnGuardOnline.gov
  • StopBullying.gov
  • Cyber Bully 411
    American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Procedures for Reporting Allegations of Bullying
 
For Kilgore Independent School District
 
The district prohibits bullying on school property, at school-sponsored or school-related activities, or in any vehicle operated by the district. Bullying may be verbal or written expression or expression through electronic means, or physical conduct. Bullying is not tolerated by the district and any student or parent of a student who believes that the student or another student has experienced bullying or that a student has engaged in bullying is encouraged to immediately report the incident. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of district policy and is prohibited.
 
Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying, orally or in writing, to a teacher, counselor, principal or other district employee. Students or parents may contact the district to obtain an incident report form that may be used to submit the complaint.
 
Please note that after submission of the complaint to the district employee, the district may assign the complaint to a campus administrator to follow up on the submitted complaint and any other important matters pertaining to the complaint. We encourage you to communicate with your designated campus administrator during this time.
 
More information about the district’s bullying policy can be found at FFI (Local) of board policy or the campus administration office.