Within the context of Holy Family School bullying is defined as an attitude or action that results in a feeling of intimidation. This may be by an individual or group, often repeated over a period of time, that causes pain, embarrassment or discomfort to another individual or group. It involves an imbalance of power.
It may be:
Verbal - name calling, put downs, threatening
Physical - hitting, tripping, poking, punching, kicking, throwing objects, stealing
Social - ignoring, hiding, ostracising
Technological - emailing, SMS messages
Psychological - stalking, intimidating behaviour, spreading rumours, hiding or damaging possessions (Ref: "What Can Parents Do About Bullying" - A Parent's Guide by Cossje Griffiths).
When a bullying incident is reported the teacher will:
a) Take the report seriously.
b) Monitor the situation.
c) Proceed to Step 2 if situation deteriorates.
a) Admin team member will interview students individually discuss and record.
b) Admin member/teacher mediates or arbitrates during "face to face" meeting or aggrieved parties.
c) Outline procedure and expectations of children's behaviour.
d) Children advised that parents will be contacted should bullying continue.
Resolution - To be recorded and filed.
Monitor - as necessary
Informing parents and/or meeting with parents will be at the discretion of the Administration Team following consultation or should bullying incidents continue.
Following continuation of bullying behaviour, and parents having been previously informed, the child will be suspended in line with BCE policy.