Bullying, Abuse & Assault Information
NOTICE OF PARENT AND STUDENT RIGHTS:
BULLYING, SEXUAL HARRASSMENT, DATING VIOLENCE, AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE
The Weatherford Independent School District (WISD) is committed to providing a positive learning environment for all students that enhances personal safety and promotes respect, dignity, and equality among students. High standards are expected for both academic achievement and for behavior. WISD strives to ensure that all of our students and employees are free from bullying, sexual harassment, dating violence, and sexual violence. All charges of bullying, sexual harassment, dating violence, and sexual violence are to be taken very seriously by students, faculty, staff, administration, and parents/guardians. WISD will make every effort to handle and respond to every charge and complaint filed by students and employees in a fair, thorough, and just manner. Every effort will be made to protect the due process rights of all victims and all alleged perpetrators.
Bullying is defined in Policy FDB (LEGAL) as written or oral expression or physical conduct that a school district’s Board of Trustees or the Board’s designee determines: 1) to have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or 2) to be sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to create an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the student.
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Teen Dating Violence is defined as the intentional use of physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control another person in a dating relationship, as defined by Section 71.0021, Texas Family Code. Teen dating violence is a pattern of coercive behavior that one partner exerts over the other for the purpose of establishing and maintaining power or control.
Sexual Harassment--(defined in Board Policy FFH (Legal) and FFH (Local)—Harassment is defined as conduct that threatens to cause harm or bodily injury to another student, is sexually intimidating, causes physical damage to the property of another student, subjects another student to physical confinement or restraint or maliciously and substantially harms another student’s physical or emotional health or safety. This behavior could include touching someone in ways that are not wanted, sexual jokes, pressuring someone to engage in sexual activity, threats or intimidation from a dating partner, or any other form of harassment of a sexual nature that would make a reasonable person uncomfortable. Sexual harassment does not include simple acts of teasing and name-calling among school children.
Sexual Violence is defined as sexual assault, sexual abuse, or sexual stalking of a minor child or teenager, including sexual violence committed by perpetrators who are strangers to the victim and by perpetrators who are known or related by blood or marriage to the victim. Behaviors that fall under this definition include but are not limited to incest, molestation, child abuse, stranger rape, and non-stranger rape.
Students who believe they have been harassed, bullied, or otherwise victimized by fellow students or WISD employees are encouraged to promptly report such incidents to the campus principal or other campus professional. To the greatest extent possible, complaints shall be treated as confidential. Limited disclosure may be necessary to complete a thorough investigation. A student or parent/guardian who has a complaint alleging bullying, harassment, dating violence, or sexual violence may request a conference with the principal or the principal’s designee. If the student or parent/guardian is not satisfied with the response from campus staff, s/he may request a conference with Dr. Nita Ellis, the Executive Director of Student Services or with WISD’s Title IX Coordinator, Mr. Richard Crosby.
Complaints will be documented and investigated in accordance with the WISD policies and guidelines. Any staff member who observes an incident that involves physical or verbal threats will report the incident immediately to the campus principal. Any staff member who learns of an incident or threat may submit a Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form in the main office of any school campus.
The WISD Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook (SCOC) notifications serve as two means through which parents and students are made aware of the behavioral expectations for students and staff. The Texas Education Code also requires that the District’s SCOC prohibit bullying and harassment, sexual harassment, and dating violence.
1) Students/Parents/Staff members will complete a Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form in the main office of any school campus.
2) The BHIR Form will be submitted to the principal or designee immediately.
3) The principal or designee will investigate complaints by meeting separately with each student involved in the situation.
4) The principal or designee will conference with the victim and the parent/guardian to discuss safety and community resources.
5) The principal or designee will conference with the alleged perpetrator and parent/guardian to discuss appropriate behaviors and consequences. With the prior consent of the victim, the parent may issue a School-Based Stay-Away Agreement to the alleged perpetrator during the parent/guardian conference.
6) Documentation of all BHIR forms, follow-up actions and Stay-Away Agreements will be retained in the principal’s office.