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Anthony Paddon Elementary School

Bullying Intervention Protocol
2015-2016

Definition of Bullying:
Bullying is typically repeated behaviour that is intended to cause harm to another
person(s). A person participates in bullying if he/she directly carries out, assists, or
encourages the behaviour in any way. Those who engage in bullying behaviour(s)
are perceived to be in a position of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal, social,
and/or electronic. In some circumstances, bullying is an illegal activity.
Forms of Bullying:
Physical: includes, but is not limited to, hitting, spitting, taking or damaging
personal belongings, and unwanted touching.
Verbal: includes, but is not limited to, taunting, malicious teasing, making threats,
and racist and/or homophobic comments.
Social: includes, but is not limited to, spreading rumors, excluding from a group,
and manipulating of relationships.
Electronic: involves the use of cell phones, computers, and other devices to
socially and/or verbally bully another.

A behaviour is considered bullying when:
 It is typically repeated;
 There is intent to cause harm;
 There is an imbalance in power such as differences in physical strength,
social power or status.

Information for Students and Parents:
If a behaviour is deemed to be bullying, the following actions will be taken:
1. Intervene – The staff member will immediately address the bullying
behaviour.
 Stop the behaviour from occurring if possible.
 Identify the behaviour(s) that meet the bullying criteria.
 Refer to classroom and/or school rules.
 Identify the behaviour as inappropriate and unacceptable.
 Cases of severe or repeated incidents will be referred to the
administration.
2. Investigate – interview all students involved separately (those exhibiting
bullying behaviour, those being bullied, and/or the bystanders – those who
witness or are aware of the bullying behaviour)
 Ask the student being bullied the following questions:
 What happened?
 When?
 What may have lead to the bullying incident?
 How he/she feels about it?
 Services from the Guidance Counsellor are available if needed
 Follow- up with the student who was bullied will be done on a routine
basis
 Ask the student(s) exhibiting the bullying behaviour the following
questions:

 What happened?
 When?
 What caused you to choose this behaviour?
 How do you think your behaviour made the other person(s)
feel?
 What would you do differently next time?
 Remind student(s) of the school rules and expectations
 Use consequences or strategies as outlined in the School’s
Code of Conduct
 Ask the bystander(s) the following questions:
 What did you observe or hear?
 What did you do?
 What caused you to exhibit this behaviour?
 What, if anything, may you do differently next time?
 Ensure confidentiality of these responses and take
measures to ensure their safety
3. Home contact – Parents of all students involved (those exhibiting bullying
behaviour, those being bullied, and/or the bystanders – those who witness or
are aware of the bullying behaviour) will be informed of the incident as
quickly as possible.
4. Consequences – These are NOT always harsh/strict in nature.
Consequences depend upon:
 the nature, frequency, and severity of the bullying behaviour;
 the age and developmental maturity of the student(s) involved;

 the context in which the bullying occurred;
 other circumstances that may play a role; and
 district and school policies and procedures.
5. Document – School personnel must record all incidents of bullying and the
action taken for each incident in a timely manner on the appropriate form

Parents and students can report bullying behaviours
anonymously in the following ways:
 Using an box located in a SAFE spot such as in the Guidance Counsellor’s
or Administrator’s office;
 Using a hotline and/or online reporting;
 Email, text, or telephone; or
 In person to any staff member.

Expectations of Our School Pertaining to Bullying:
1. Determine if the exhibited inappropriate behaviour is indeed bullying.
 Typically repeated
 Intending to cause harm
 Displaying a power imbalance between those involved
2. Intervene/stop the inappropriate bullying behaviour from continuing to
occur.
3. Investigate/ask questions to all those involved (those exhibiting bullying
behaviour, those being bullied, and/or the bystanders – those who witness
or are aware of the bullying behaviour)
4. Contact the home regarding the incident ASAP.
5. Determine the consequences for the bullying behaviour considering the
following factors:
 the nature, frequency, and severity of the bullying behaviour;
 the age and developmental maturity of the student(s) involved;
 the context in which the bullying occurred;
 other circumstances that may have played a role; and
 district and school policies and procedures.
6. Document all incidents of bullying and the actions taken in a timely
fashion on appropriate forms.