Statement of Intent
Bay View Academy is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe school environment for all of its pupils. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be aware that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is a deliberate, hostile and repeated behaviour by one or more people, which is intended to harm or control others. It is the assertion of power through aggression and is not about anger nor is it a conflict to be resolved, but is about a powerful feeling of dislike toward someone considered to be worthless, inferior or undeserving of respect.
Emotional: Being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
Physical: Pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
Racist: Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
Sexual: Unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
Homophobic: Because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality
A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:
is unwilling to go to school (school phobic)
becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
feels ill in the morning
comes home with clothes torn or books damaged
has possessions which are damaged or “go missing”
has unexplained cuts or bruises
becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
is bullying other children or siblings
is frightened to say what is wrong
is nervous and jumpy when a cyber message is received
is tardy/absent quite often
has missing or incomplete school work, decreased success in class.
These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated. Teach students to communicate. If an adult or a child is bullying them, they need to have the skills to persistently seek assistance.
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect and to feel safe in school. Don’t put up with bullying in your school; it is NOT a “normal part of growing up”!
Students involved in bullying could face the following consequences:
The bully (bullies) may be required to attend mandatory counseling sessions.
Detention during break or after school
In serious cases, in-school suspension or even exclusion from certain areas of school premises
Parents could be informed and an Incident Report will be placed in the student’s permanent file
A comment may be included in the student’s report card
After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place
In case of physical injury or persistent and repeated bullying a student may be asked to leave the school.
All serious incidents of bullying requiring more than detention will be referred to a discipline committee. This committee will compromise off the student’s teacher, the school counselor and either the Principal or Vice Principal of the relevant section. The Principal’s decision is final with regard to all discipline issues.