Stop the Bullying epidemic throughout the Upper Perk School District

Stop the Bullying epidemic throughout the Upper Perk School District

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Stephanie Young started this petition to Upper Perkiomen School Board and

I have this created this petition to unite the victims, their families and to bring awareness to the community to hopefully change the way these bullies are handled in our schools.  I would like to get as many signatures and as much support as possible so that we may take this petition in front of the Upper Perk School Board meeting  on Thursday, March 12, 2020.  

My child is a victim, she is personally affected daily by a fellow student who for over 3 months has physically and mentally abused and bullied her at the Middle school and on the bus.  It has escalated to the point of my child is expressing self hate and the idea of suicide. This Bully remains in school and negatively interacts daily in her school life asd carries over into out home life. This child bully has received minimal punishment for her actions despite multiple dealings with the School, vice principal, principal,  as well as my emails to the Superintendent to make him aware of our situation. Harassment charges have been brought against her and her family by the State Police in conjunction with the abuse towards my child. 

I know there are many more victims throughout the Upper Perk School District and we need to stand together now and show the Upper Perk School board that we have an epidemic thought our school district. This needs to be addressed now, before a severe escalation or another child takes their life . I do not believe that the bullies are receiving punishments that fit their crimes.  Because of the lack of  consequence these children continue do these behaviors and get away with it. 

The School Board, the Superintendent and the administrators of the schools in the Upper Perk need review the policies they have set forth as well as define (and change)  the punishments for these repeat bully offenders. 

OUR CHILDREN NEED TO FEEL SAFE IN THEIR OWN SCHOOLS AGAIN!  

The policies below are taken straight from the 2019/2020 student handbook that can be found on our district website. 

BULLYING/CYBERBULLYING POLICY for UPSD

The Board is committed to providing a safe, civil, positive learning environment for district students. The Board recognizes that bullying creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, detracts from the safe environment necessary for student learning, presents an obstacle to social/emotional development of students, and may lead to more serious violence. Therefore, the Board prohibits bullying by district students.

Bullying means an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting and/or outside a school setting, that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of doing any of the following:
1. Substantial interference with a student’s education.
2. Creation of a threatening environment.
3. Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.
Bullying, as defined in this policy, includes cyberbullying.
Bullying consists of a pattern of repeated harmful behavior by a person with more physical or social power toward a less powerful person. This may include a wide variety of behaviors, with deliberate intent to hurt, embarrass, or humiliate the other person. Researchers have identified
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four (4) forms of bullying:
1. Physical - the most commonly known form; includes hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing
and taking personal belongings.
2. Verbal - includes taunting, malicious teasing, name-calling, and making threats.
3. Psychological or Relational - involves spreading rumors, manipulating social
relationships, and engaging in social exclusion or intimidation.
4. Cyberbullying - forms of verbal and psychological bullying may also occur on the
Internet through e-mail, instant messaging, or any form of social media.
The term bullying shall not be interpreted to infringe upon a student’s right to engage in legally protected speech or conduct.
School setting means in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop or at any activity sponsored, supervised or sanctioned by the school and on the way to and from school.
Authority
The Board prohibits all forms of bullying by district students. The Board encourages students who have been bullied to promptly report such incidents to the building principal or designee. The Board directs that complaints (by a student or his/her parents/guardians) of bullying shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when allegations are verified. If the behavior is found to meet the definition of bullying, written documentation shall be submitted to the building principal. The building principal or designee will inform parents/guardians of the victim and person accused. Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the district’s legal and investigative obligations. No reprisals or retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith reports of bullying.
Delegation of Responsibility
Each student and staff member shall be responsible to respect the rights of others and to ensure an atmosphere free from bullying. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that this policy is reviewed annually with students. The Superintendent or designee, in cooperation with other appropriate administrators, shall review this policy every three (3) years and recommend necessary revisions to the Board.
Guidelines
The Code of Student Conduct, which shall contain this policy, shall be disseminated annually to students. This policy shall be accessible in every classroom. The policy shall be posted in a prominent location within each school building and on the district web site.
Education
The district may develop and implement bullying prevention and intervention programs. Such programs shall provide district staff and students with appropriate training for effectively responding to, intervening in and reporting incidents of bullying.
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Discipline
A student who violates this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action consistent with the Code of Student Conduct.

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