Because there are often concerns about retribution assoicated with bullying threats, the district has also made the Safe Schools Alert system available to students and parents to confidentially submit bullying tips to district administration via the web, phone, text message, or email.
- Click on the Safe School Alert button below to learn more or to provide a tip.
- Tips may be provided anonymously, if necessary.
- Your information will be reviewed and reasonable action will be taken to address the situation, to the extent such action does not disclose the source of the report, if known, and is consistent with the due-process rights of the person alleged to have committed the acts.
- For emergencies, call 911. Do not utilize Safe Schools Alert to submit a tip if someone is in need of immediate assistance.
How to Identify Bullying
“Bullying” is defined as a person willfully and repeatedly exercising power or control over another with hostile or malicious intent (i.e., repeated oppression, physical or psychological, of a less powerful individual by a more powerful individual or group). Bullying can be physical, verbal, psychological, or a combination of all three. Some examples of bullying are:
- Physical – hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, pulling taking and/or damaging personal belongings or extorting money, blocking or impeding student movement, unwelcome physical contact, violence in a dating relationship.
- Verbal – taunting, malicious teasing, insulting, name calling, making threats.
- Psychological – spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, coercion, or engaging in social exclusion/shunning, extortion, or intimidation.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once.
School Policies on Bullying
Tipp City Schools takes bullying very seriously and regularly reviews its policies and guidelines to address it.
State Law and School Board Policy require semiannual public reports of Bullying Incidents. Those reports may be found here:
Superintendent's Bullying Reports