Harrassment/Bullying Reporting

The Administration and faculty of Our Lady of Fatima School are very serious about stopping
bullying on campus. There are many unique individuals and groups at OLF and every one of
them is extraordinary. Bullying contradicts the fundamental beliefs of this school.
Bullying will not be tolerated and will be dealt with like all other disciplinary actions. 
Bullying is defined as repeatedly hurting a less powerful individual or group with harmful words
and/or actions.
Examples of bullying include:
  • Hitting, kicking or tripping
  • Insulting or teasing someone about their race, gender, appearance, or size
  • Stealing personal items
  • Threatening
  • Gossiping
  • Purposefully excluding a person or group
Characteristic Behaviors of Bullying include:
  • Malicious intent
  • Repeated over time
  • Not accepted by another
  • Imbalance of power
  • Negative behavior
Types of Bullying include:
  • Direct bullying
  • Indirect Bullying
Indirect bullying is often times hard to identify. Victims do not want to cause more trouble, nor do they want to admit that they are bullied and the bully hides their actions or defends it as play or normal “joking”.  We will no longer accept that response as long as we see that the other party does not view it as play.
Procedures to reduce bullying:
Teachers, Administrators and support staff will address any act of bullying immediately.
Classroom teachers will define bullying for their students and will have in place a set of rules and procedures to deal with any event that occurs.
Students will be asked to discourage bullying among their peers, and they will be taught why standing up for someone is important.
Parents and students are strongly encouraged to report bullying that may have been otherwise overlooked. This is not just for the victim but also for any witness to bullying.
Staff will consult with professionals and review modern research to stay current with bullying in the  21st century.
Disciplinary action will first take place by the classroom teacher and/or the Assistant Principal. Like other disciplinary matters, teachers will have a structured discipline plan for dealing with the bully (this includes verbal warnings, discussion of how the act was considered bullying, call to parents, detention, suspension, etc.).


Disciplinary procedure for bullying:
First offense: Teacher conference with student and an Early Morning Detention (Parent notification)
Second Offense: Teacher conference with parent and student along with an Early Morning Detention
Third Offense: Referral, meeting with Disciplinarian, and suspension
Fourth Offense:  Administration will meet to determination if student will be allowed to
remain at Our Lady of Fatima School.
**Depending upon level of bullying behavior, steps may be skipped.**
Please Report any Harrassment/Bullying Incidents
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, or disability (if with reasonable accommodations the individual can meet our program goals), in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies.
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