Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention

Dickinson ISD implements a robust bullying and cyberbulliyng prevention program, including an anonymous reporting system called Campus P3.  This page also provides the definitions and laws related to bullying and cyberbullying as well as our district's reporting policy.  DISD takes all allegations of bullying and cyberbullying seriously and will fully investigate all reports.

 

Bullying 

Texas Education Code (TEC) §37.0832 identifies bullying as a single significant act or a pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and involves engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct and that

  • has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or of damage to the student's property;
  • is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student;
  • materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school, or infringes on the rights of the victim at school

Cyberbullying 

Cyberbullying is bullying that involves the use of any electronic communication device, including through the use of a cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a camera, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, a social media application, an Internet website, or any other Internet-based communication tool.

Support Organizations and Hotlines

The following links provide support services to students:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (outside source) (888) 333-2377

Mental Health America (outside source) (800) 969-6642

National Domestic Violence (outside source) Hotline (800) 799-7233, (800) 787-3224 (TTY)  

National Runaway Safeline (outside source) (800) 786-2929 

National Victim Center (outside source) (202) 467-8700

Trevor Helpline for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth (outside source) (866) 488-7386

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Child Welfare Information Gateway (outside source)

Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division
(512) 463-9581
healthandsafety@tea.texas.gov

Dickinson ISD utilizes several programs to help give students the tools to extinguish bullying through the blending of School-Wide Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports, explicit instruction, and a redefinition of the bullying construct.

Second Steps

Character Strong

Restorative Practices

Safe & Civil Schools

Kelso's Choices

Texas Laws Related to Bullying and Cyberbullying

Texas Education Code Chapter 37 Section 37.001 Student Code of Conduct

Texas Education Code Chapter 37, Section 37.0832 (David’s Law) Bullying prevention policies and procedures

Texas Education Code Chapter 37, Section 37.217 Community education relating Internet safety

Texas Education Code Chapter 37, Section 37.218 Programs on dangers of students sharing visual material depicting minor engaged in sexual conduct

Texas Education Code Chapter 25, Section 25.0342 Transfer of students who are victims of or have engaged depicting minor engaged in sexual conduct     

It is important for each student to report any bullying or threats to the nearest teacher or adult at school as soon as possible so school officials may take appropriate action.  
  

If you have concerns about bullying, meet with the campus principal to express your concerns. If your child is receiving special education services, go to the ARD committee to focus on the problem and arrange a plan to intervene at the campus level. For additional guidance related to addressing your concerns, we encourage you to visit your district office for clarification. 

Related Links 

The following links provide information about bullying and cyberbullying: 

 A link to a survey of middle school students' experiences with bullying (outside source) 

 Connect Safely (outside source) 

 Cyberbullying Research Center (outside source) 

 CyberWise (outside source) 

 National School Climate Center’s BullyBust (outside source)

 Pacer Center’s Kids Against Bullying (outside source) 

 Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying (outside source) 

 The Texas Attorney General’s Office (outside source)

 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration web site (outside source) 

 Wired Safety (outside source) 

Take Effective Action Against Bullying 
 
Education.com, a Web destination for parents of school-aged children, and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) have launched a Special Edition on Bullying at School and Online. This resource provides new information and tools to help parents take an active role in addressing bullying. In creating the Special Edition, Education.com and AASA worked with contributors from around the world to compile new evidence-based, peer-reviewed content to dispel common myths and empower parents and their children to take effective action against bullying. The result is a collection of more than 30 original reference articles, plus video clips, quizzes, online workshops, community forums and quick-fact lists-all available free of charge on the Web site.
 

Procedures for Reporting Allegations of Bullying

The district prohibits bullying on school property, at school-sponsored or school-related activities, or in any vehicle operated by the district. Bullying may be verbal or written, or expression through electronic means, or physical conduct. Bullying is not tolerated by the district and any student or parent of a student who believes that the student or another student has experienced bullying or that a student has engaged in bullying is encouraged to immediately report the incident. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of district policy and is prohibited. Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying, orally or in writing, to a teacher, counselor, principal or other district employee. Students or parents may contact the campus to obtain an incident report form that may be used to submit the complaint. Please note that after submission of the complaint to the district employee, the district may assign the complaint to a campus administrator to follow up on the submitted complaint and any other important matters pertaining to the complaint. We encourage you to communicate with your designated campus administrator during this time.

The mission of the Dickinson Independent School District is to ensure that all students have safe and successful learning opportunities that help them reach their full potential and add quality throughout their lives. 

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