Bullying and Harassment/Intimidation
Hudson City School District is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying toward a student, whether by other students or staff is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.
The policies prohibiting hazing, dating violence, harassment, intimidation or bullying are included in the student handbooks. These prohibitions include aggressive behavior, physical, verbal, psychological abuse, and violence within a dating relationship on school property, on the school bus or at any school-sponsored activity.
Hazing, bullying and/or dating violence means any incident of intentional written, verbal, graphic or physical acts, including electronically transmitted acts, either overt or covert, by a student or group of students toward other students/school personnel with the intent to haze, harass, intimidate, injure, threaten, ridicule or humiliate.
Unlawful harassment occurs when unwelcome physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct is based upon an individual's protected class and when the conduct has the purpose or effect of:
- interfering with the individual's work or educational performance;
- creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment; or
- interfering with one's ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity
While there are a number of formal definitions for bullying, in order for a behavior to be identified as such, it must involve an imbalance of power and it must happen more than once or have the potential to be repeated. Bullying includes aggressive, repetitive behaviors, and an imbalance of power such as verbal or physical attacks, intentionally excluding someone from a group, spreading rumors or making threats.
Below are grade band level definitions that were developed by building teams and shared with students to increase understanding and awareness of bullying. Building teams also created several age appropriate classroom bullying lessons to use with their students to explicitly address bullying.
Bullying is doing or saying something unexpected or unsafe on purpose, multiple times to hurt someone, even after being told the behavior is harmful. A person who bullies uses his / her power — such as age, physical strength, popularity — to control or harm others. These events can feel unstoppable and could occur in person or online.
What is Bullying?
Purposeful, negative intentions
Hurtful behavior toward another student (physically, socially, or emotionally)
Repeated, unwanted interactions
Could occur in person or online/social media, on or off school grounds, and can happen outside of school hours
Imbalance of power (for example: students who are older, are physically stronger, have access to embarrassing information, have more social status, or are part of a group that is singling out an individual)
Report a Possible Incident
To report an incident of bullying, harassment, or discrimination, please complete an incident report form. All reports will be promptly forwarded to the building principal/designee for review and action.
If this is an emergency that needs immediate attention please call 9-1-1 or contact your health care provider immediately. You may report a concern or incident to the Hudson Safe Schools Helpline by calling (800) 418-6423, ext. 397 or by texting TIPS to 66746.
Total Verified Incidents
Policy # 5517.01, “Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior,” requires that we semi-annually provide a written summary of all reported incidents of harassment, intimidation and/or bullying.
School Year 2022-2023
Total Incidents: 60
- First Semester: 12
- Second Semester: 48