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Indiana law defines bullying as overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors, that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that: (1) places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student’s person or property; (2) has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental health; (3) has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance; or (4) has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities and privileges provided by the school.
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees Policy 5601 prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying of or by students. Students require a safe and civil school environment to learn and bullying disrupts the District’s ability to educate all students to high standards. Students and staff shall treat others with civility and respect.
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The Board delegates to the Superintendent the authority to develop procedures for reporting and investigating incidents of bullying in the District. The procedures shall define bullying, with recognition that bullying can be verbal or physical, and can occur in social/relational or electronic/written forms. The District shall train staff and volunteers who have direct, on-going contact with students about the procedures and will provide age-appropriate, research-based instruction to students on bullying prevention.
Further the District shall adopt disciplinary rules in the FWCS Community and Support Guide to assure appropriate consequences and remedial responses for incidents of bullying. Reprisal or retaliation against individuals who report bullying activity or who are victims, witnesses, bystanders or others with reliable information about an act or instances of bullying is prohibited.
Bylaws and Policies of the School Board of Fort Wayne Community Schools incorporate quotations from the statutes and administrative code of the State of Indiana as well as from the federal statutes and regulations.
FWCS does not tolerate the unjust or prejudicial treatment of any individual or group’s actual or perceived race, color or ethnic group, religion or religious practice, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, disability or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law. The immediate remedy for any act of discrimination shall be to end it, treat the individual equitably, and, as much as practically possible, to eradicate any effects of discrimination. Discipline should be imposed where appropriate.