Chesapeake Public Schools Bullying Initiative

Chesapeake Public Schools will not tolerate any type of bullying, including cyber bullying, even if it occurs outside of school on equipment not owned by Chesapeake Public Schools. Students engaged in bullying behaviors will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension and/or a recommendation for expulsion. Incidents in which the behavior is believed to constitute criminal activity will also be referred to the proper law enforcement officials.

While bullying can involve a single, severe behavior, bullying usually is defined as repeated negative behaviors intended to frighten or cause harm that may include, but are not limited to verbal, written, or electronic (virtual) threats or physical harm.

A student, either individually or as a part of a group, shall not harass or bully others. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to physical intimidation, taunting, name-calling, insults, false statements about other persons, and any combination of prohibited activities. Prohibited conduct also includes verbal conduct consisting of comments regarding the race, gender, religion, physical abilities or characteristics or associates of the targeted person.