Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying
Legal Definition of Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying
Definition from NJSA: 18A:37-14: "Harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either 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 by any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds as provided for in section 16 of P.L.2010, c.122 (C.18A:37-15.3), that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students and that:
1. A reasonable person should know under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person or damage his property;
2. Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students;
3. Creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student's education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.
Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying can be*:
Physical: Kicking, biting, scratching, tripping, hitting, slapping, pushing/shoving
Verbal: Hurtful teasing, name calling, gossiping, insults, teasing about clothes or looks, spreading rumors, or making threats to secure silence "If you tell, I will ..."
Non-verbal: Defacing damaging or destroying personal property, making threatening gestures, taking small items from others/stealing, playing mean tricks
Emotional: Intentional exclusion or spreading rumors, hate notes
Cyber-bullying: Spreading hurtful information through email, online chats, social networking sites or text and picture messages
Sexual: Unwarranted touching, obscene gestures or comments, exposing oneself
*the above described behavior, while violative of the Codes of Conduct, constitutes Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying only when all of the elements contained in the definition of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying exist; however, misconduct not found to be HIB will still result in consequences pursuant to the Codes of Conduct.
Harassment, Intimidation, & Bullying Personnel
A procedure is in place to promptly investigate reports of violations and complaints related harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Cedar Grove School District employees are required to do the following:
verbally report alleged violations to principal or vice principal on the same day witnessed or received reliable information regarding any such incident
submit an incident report to the principal and ABS within two school days of the verbal report (this report will be given to you after you verbally report alleged violation)
reports may also be submitted using our online reporting form. HIB reporting please click here
A School Safety Team will be established at each school to develop, foster, and maintain a positive school climate and to also address issues related to harassment, intimidation, and bullying. The School Safety Team will be led by the school Anti-Bullying Specialist, principal, a teacher in the school, a parent of a student in the school and other members to be determined by the principal. The School Safety Team will identify and address patterns of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of students in the school, and work to educate the community, including students, teachers, administrative staff, and parents to prevent and address harassment, intimidation, or bullying of students.