Willingboro Public Schools

Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying, (HIB), Procedures

I. Definition of HIB:

“Harassment, intimidation or bullying” is defined as any gesture, any whether it be a single act or a series of incidents, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any school sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students, and that:

(a) reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of emotional harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property; 

(b) has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or 

(c) creates a hostile educational environment at school for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.

II. How to Report Incidents of HIB

Call the Anti-Bullying Specialist
– Name and Phone Number

Email Anti-Bullying Specialist
– Email address

Submit an Anti-Bullying Report form to the Anti-Bullying Specialist describing the incident(s).
– Hyperlink to the report form

Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying, (HIB), reporting can be done anonymously.

Respect IV. Consequence: 

An Administrator will: 1) Assign appropriate level of suspension - 1st offense – Home for Parent Conference 2nd Offense- 1 days Out of School Suspension 3rd offense – 2-3 days OSS 4th Offense-5 days OSS ((Possible Central Office intervention) 2) Notify CST if applicable. 3) Set-up reentry meeting with parents, scholars, teacher, counselor, HSSC and CST. 4) If necessary, begin process for Intervention & Referral Services. (IR&S) 5) Follow-up with counseling for victim and offender.

III. The Investigation Process

The School Counselor will: 

1) Consult with building principal principal, assistant principal, or culture and climate specialist
2) Collect and review all statements related to the incident.
3) Submit all complaints against a staff member to the Principal.
4) Document all anonymous reports and investigate.
5) Make notation in Genesis under victim and offender of all actions taken. (meeting/phone calls/emails)
6) Call parents of victim and offender.
7) Interview victim/offender/witnesses. (separately)

IV. Restoration: 

1) Individual Counseling
2) Group Counseling
3) Peer Mediation
4) Intervention and Referral Services

IV. Consequence: 

1) Detention
2) Parent Conference
3) Suspension
4) Expulsion

VI. Bystanders: 

A student may be found to have committed an act of bullying without being the individual who performed the overt act. Examples of this enabling type of behavior may include encouraging a bully to physically attack a student, spreading rumors, or shunning a student who has been ostracized by a group. Bystanders will be subject to disciplinary action. Principals will consider the nature of the behavior before determining a remedial action and/or disciplinary consequence.

VII. Retaliation: 

A person who commits an act of retaliation or reprisal against the individual who reported the original act of harassment, intimidation or bullying, or an individual who falsely accuses someone of harassment, intimidation or bullying is subject to the same disciplinary consequences as the original aggressor. The level of disciplinary consequence may match the level of the original consequences given to the aggressor or may increase to the next level of consequence as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. All disciplinary sanctions will be implemented with consideration of the individual’s due process rights.

Questions or concerns related to these procedures should be directed to the Principal (Name and email) or the Anti-Bullying Specialist (Name, Title, email).