The board recognizes the negative impact that bullying has on students’ health, welfare, safety, and the school’s learning environment and prohibits such behavior. Bullying is defined as any ongoing pattern of physical, verbal, or electronic abuse on school grounds, in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by a school being used for a school purpose by a school employee or his or her designee, at a designated school bus stop, or at school sponsored activities or school-sponsored athletic events.
Bullying may constitute grounds for long-term suspension, expulsion or mandatory reassignment, subject to state and federal statutes and the district’s student discipline and due process procedures.
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to implement appropriate programs or procedures for the purpose of educating students regarding bullying prevention.
1) “Electronic devices” include but are not limited to, cell phones, Mp3 players, iPods, personal digital assistants (PDAs), compact disc players, portable game consoles, cameras, digital scanners, laptop computers, and other electronic or battery powered instruments which transmit voice, text, or data from one person to another.
2) “Sexting” means generating, sending or receiving, encouraging others to send or receive, or showing others, through an electronic device, a text message, photograph, video or other medium that:
i. Displays sexual content, including erotic nudity, any display of genitalia, unclothed female breasts, or unclothed buttocks, or any sexually explicit conduct as defined at Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-1463.02; or
ii. Sexually exploits a person, whether or not such person has given consent to creation or distribution of the message, photograph or video by permitting, allowing, encouraging, disseminating, distributing, or forcing such student or other person to engage in sexually explicit, obscene or pornographic photography, films, or depictions; or,
iii. Displays a sexually explicit message for sexual gratification, flirtation or provocation, or to request or arrange a sexual encounter.
This policy shall be reviewed annually.
This policy shall not be interpreted to prohibit a reasoned and civil exchange of opinions, or debate, that is protected by state or federal law.
Legal Reference: Neb. Statute 79-254 et seq. (Student Discipline Act)
Cross Reference: 505 Student Discipline
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