What is Bullying?
Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the District that:
- Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property
- Placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property
Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; AND
- Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of school.
Texas Education Code Definition – Section 37.0832