Dallas ISD wants everyone to know what bullying is and how students, parents, teachers and staff can create positive change and emphasize respect and inclusion across the district. During October—National Bullying Prevention Month—learn how to help prevent and respond to acts of bullying, intimidation, violence and other disruptive behavior to keep our communities safe.
Though it can take many forms, bullying is usually:
- Verbal: Hurtful name-calling, teasing, gossiping, making threats, making rude noises or spreading hurtful rumors.
- Nonverbal: Posturing, making gang signs, leering, staring, stalking, destroying property, using graffiti or graphic images or exhibiting inappropriate and/or threatening gestures or actions.
- Physical: Hitting, punching, pushing, shoving, poking, kicking, tripping, strangling, hair pulling, fighting, beating, biting, spitting or destroying property.
- Emotional (psychological): Rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, intimidating, humiliating, blackmailing, manipulating friendships, isolating, ostracizing, using peer pressure or rating or ranking personal characteristics.
Reports of bullying should be made as soon as possible after the alleged act or knowledge of the alleged act.
Encourage any student who believes that they have experienced bullying or believes that another student has experienced bullying to immediately report the alleged acts to a teacher, counselor, principal or anonymously at www.dallasisd.org/saysomething. A report may be made orally or in writing.
To report after hours, staff, parents and students can contact the Office of Professional Responsibility Hotline at 1-800-530-1608, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Any district employee who receives notice that a student has or may have experienced bullying shall immediately make a report on the district’s Student Discipline System.
We all play a role in keeping our communities safe, and together, we can improve the well-being of students, staff and families across the district.
To learn more about the district’s bullying policy, visit https://www.dallasisd.org/bullying.