“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (MK 12:30).
St. William of York Catholic School has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, a policy rooted in Christ’s mandate for us to love our neighbor as ourselves and to love each other as He has loved us.
Every diocesan school follows the diocesan understanding of bullying and how it will be handled in every school as explained below in the DIOCESAN POLICY ON BULLYING. The seriousness of this policy stems from the seriousness of the “Greatest Commandment” of charity (caritas).
St. William of York Catholic School communicates this policy to every member of the school community and requires all school personnel and volunteers (including coaches) to demonstrate their understanding of and compliance with it. Essential to this compliance is for all school personnel and volunteers to report incidents of bullying or suspicion of bullying to the school administration within 24 hours of the incident.
Diocesan Policy On Bullying
Bullying is defined as any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. “Bullying” includes cyber bullying. “Bullying” does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.
Examples include but are not limited to:
- Physical intimidation or assault
- Oral or written threats, including text messaging
- Name calling
- Threatening looks
- Gestures or acts of aggression (Overt and Covert)
- Cruel rumors & false accusations
- Social Isolation
School personnel will not tolerate any bullying on Diocesan school grounds or at any school-sponsored activity (on or off school grounds). In addition, the Office of Catholic Schools expects students and parents who become aware of an act of bullying to report it to appropriate school personnel (e.g. principal, teacher, school counselor). The Office of Catholic Schools expects staff members who become aware of an incident of bullying to take appropriate steps to intervene unless intervention would be a threat to staff members’ safety. If a staff member believes that his/her intervention has not resolved the matter, or if the bullying persists, he/she shall report the bullying to the school principal for further investigation.
In cases of reported bullying, the principal or designee shall interview all students involved (i.e. the aggressor(s) and the victim(s)) and investigate, as appropriate. This investigation may include interviews with students, parents and school staff; review of school records; and identification of parent and family issues. Any student who retaliates against another for reporting bullying may be subject to appropriate consequences.
a. Consequences for students who bully others shall depend on the results of the investigation and may include:
- Parent conference
- Suspension and/or Expulsion
b. Depending on the severity of the incident(s), the principal may also report incidents of bullying to law enforcement if appropriate.
19.2-152.7:1 – Law Defines Harassment by Computer
If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 Misdemeanor.