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School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting (SESIR)

Bullying (BUL) - Level IV

Definition:

Systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or unreasonably interfere with the individual's school performance or participation.

Examples

  • Student uses a cell phone to take a picture of a student using the bathroom at school and places it on the Internet.
  • Student spreads nasty rumors at school about another person, in conversation, in a note, or through e-mail or instant messaging.
  • Student repeatedly teases another person in a mean way, calling him/her inappropriate names, making fun of his/her appearance, or the way he/she talks, dresses, or acts.

Non-Examples

  • Student calls another student an inappropriate name once.

Additional Guidelines

Note: Bullying is a "Violent Incident if it Results in Bodily Injury" and must be reported in the related element "Injury-Related".

If the bullying results in any of the other SESIR incidents, the incident should be coded appropriately with a Related Element coded as "Bullying-Related".

For example, if a student bullies another student and then severely beats the same individual at the same time, then the incident should be reported as Battery, Bullying-Related, Injury-Related.

Note: Bullying incidents must also be reported in the related element "Bullying-Related"

Use the code for Unsubstantiated Bullying (UBL) when, after a complete investigation and follow up of a reported bullying incident, the investigator determines that there is not enough evidence to substantiate that the incident meets the criteria of a prohibited act under definition of bullying as listed in the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for all Students Act (Florida Statute 1006.147).

FAQ

Do all bullying incidents have to be reported in SESIR? We code lower-level incidents locally as “inappropriate behavior”.

  • If an incident meets the SESIR Bullying definition, it should be coded as BUL: “The incident is bullying if the incident includes systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation.”

Statutes

  • 1006.147 Bullying and harassment prohibited

Contact

Office of Safe Schools
325 West Gaines Street, Room 554
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: (850) 245-0416
Fax: (850) 245-9978

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