HARASSMENT, INTIMADATION & BULLYING
The Tinton Falls Board of Education has adopted a Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14, which promotes a positive and productive school climate. This policy applies to all applicable acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying and/or cyber-bullying that affects the school environment, occurs on school property, at school sponsored functions, or on a school bus. A copy of this policy can be obtained from the main office of your child’s school or by visiting the district website at www.tfschools.org.
Bullying, harassment and intimidation of any type will be addressed according to the Board of Education Policy:
“Harassment, intimidation or bullying means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function or on a school bus that:
1. Is motivated by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability; or
2. By any other distinguishing characteristic; AND must meet one of the following conditions in addition to causing substantial disruption or interference:
- Has the effect of insulting or demeaning a student or group of students; OR
- Creates a hostile educational environment for a student by interfering with the student’s education OR severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.
3. Cyber-bullying is the use of electronic information and communication devices, to include but not be limited to: e-mail messages, instant messaging, text messaging, cell phones, internet blogs, websites, and social network sites that: deliberately threatens, harasses, intimidates an individual or group of individuals; or places an individual in reasonable fear of personal harm or damage to the individual's property; or has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
4. Reports of bullying/harassment/intimidation may be made anonymously through a letter, phone call, e-mail, or the district website. Disciplinary action shall not be based solely on the basis of an anonymous report.
5. Retaliation against a student or school employee by another student who was the subject of the behavior, or against those who provided the information, or those who were witnesses, is prohibited.
6. Consequences for students involved in bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation will be reasonable, age-appropriate and based on the severity of the behavior and any prior incidents.
7. Students who promote acts of bullying harassment, and/or intimidation will also receive appropriate consequences.