Bullying is the use of coercion or intimidation to obtain control over another person or to cause physical, mental or emotional harm to another person. Bullying can occur through written, verbal or electronic means, or by a physical act or gesture. Bullying is classified as harassment and may constitute a violation of civil rights when it is based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender), religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
Cyberbullying is any type of harassment or bullying that occurs via any mobile or electronic device, including texts, videos or pictures sent through email, chat rooms, instant messaging, blogs, websites or social media.
Bullying incidents will be reported to the grade-level restorative justice coordinator using the Bullying Incident Report form. DCIS does not tolerate bullying, and students engaging in this kind of behavior are subject to disciplinary action, which may include detention, suspension and referral to law enforcement.