School district reinforces no tolerance policy on bullying and harassment

The St. Lucie County School District does not tolerate acts of bullying or harassment, including bullying or harassment based on disability. The following descriptions describe those behaviors:

BULLYING means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. 

HARASSMENT means any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, written or oral statement, or physical conduct directed against a student or school employee that:

(i)         Places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to person or property,

(ii)        Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits, or

(iii)       Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school.

A single act may constitute prohibited harassment if sufficiently severe.

Prohibited conduct includes acts of bullying or harassment based on protected characteristics such as sex, religion, race/ethnicity, or disability. 

For more information, please refer to School Board Policy 3.43, Bullying and Harassment, and the District’s Bullying and Harassment web page, available at:  http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/seasonal/bullying.aspx