Bullying Policy

Report Bullying 

If you, or anyone you know, is a victim of bullying, please use this link to make an anonymous report.      

Purpose:
The Illinois General Assembly has found that a safe and civil school environment is necessary for students to learn and achieve and that bullying causes physical, psychological, and emotional harm to students and interferes with their ability to learn and participate in school activities. Bullying has been linked to other forms of antisocial behavior, such as vandalism, shoplifting, skipping and dropping out of school, fighting, using drugs and alcohol, sexual harassment, and violence. It is the goal of Niles School District 71 to create a learning environment in our school where students are protected from bullying so they feel safe and supported in their efforts to succeed academically and develop emotionally into responsible, caring individuals. The Board asks every student, with the support of his/her parent(s), guardian(s) and the adults at the school, to commit to the following principles, which will apply to everyone on school property and at school-related activities:

  • I will not bully others.
  • I will try to help anyone I suspect is being bullied.
  • I will work to include students who are left out.
  • If someone is being bullied, I will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
     

Bullying and cyberbullying defined by Illinois anti-bullying laws
“Bullying” includes “cyber-bullying” and means any severe or pervasive (repeated over time) physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

(1) placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s or students’ person or property;

(2) causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s or students’ physical or mental health;

(3) substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ academic performance; or

(4) substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

“Bullying”, as defined in this subsection (b), may take various forms, including without limitation one or more of the following: harassment, threats, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying. This list is meant to be illustrative and non-exhaustive.

“Cyber-bullying” means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, including without limitation any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic system, photoelectric system, or photo optical system, including without limitation electronic mail, Internet communications, instant messages, or facsimile communications. “Cyber-bullying” includes the creation of a webpage or weblog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages if the creation or impersonation creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying in this Section. “Cyber-bullying” also includes the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons if the distribution or posting creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying in this Section.

105 ILCS 5/27-23.7 (2017)