Categories of Bullying for IDOE Reporting Requirements:
- Electronic or Written Communication
The categories noted above will be used when reporting incidents of bullying to the Indiana Department of Education.
What is Bullying?
"Bullying" (per IC 20-33-8-0.2) means overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors, that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
(1) places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student's person or property;
(2) has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student's physical or mental health;
(3) has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's academic performance; or
(4) has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, and privileges provided by the school.
Verbal bullying involves saying mean things. It can include teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting or threatening to cause harm.
Social / relational bullying involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying involves telling other children not to be friends with someone, leaving someone out on purpose, spreading rumors about someone or embarrassing someone in public.
Electronic / written communication involves cyber-bullying, collective or group note writing, any bullying undertaken through the use of electronic devices (computer, cell phones).
Considerations in determining if the behavior meets the definition of bullying:
- The history between the individuals.
- Have there been past conflicts?
- Have these individuals had a dating relationship? (This may not be considered bullying)
- Power differential.
- Is there an imbalance of power? (Power imbalance is not limited to physical strength.)
- Has this or a similar incident happened before?
- Is the individual worried that it may happen again?
- Are any of the individuals involved with a gang? (This may result in interventions different from bullying.)
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