Bullying and Harassment

Harassment is any deliberate behaviour that causes any person to feel embarrassed, uncomfortable or upset. Bullying is repetitive harassment with the threat of future attacks. It also involves an imbalance of power. No-one has the right to harass.

There are different types of harassment

  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Gender based bullying
  • Verbal
  • Racial
  • Cyber i.e. text, phone or internet
  • Social i.e. exclusion

None of these are OK or responsible ways of behaving!

Your responsibilities

As a student the behaviour you choose should not prevent other students from learning or teachers from teaching. You choose the actions you take. These should be based on mutual respect and ownership of your behaviour.

It is your responsibility to:

  • Use appropriate language and behaviour at all times
  • Change your actions or your words when asked to
  • Use the grievance procedures to work through the issues.

Grievance procedures

The following are suggested, but can start at step 3.

  1. Tell someone whom you really trust and you know won’t “spread it around”.
  2. Talk to and get advice from a staff member, parents, friend or a trusted adult.
  3. Counselling, depending on the harassment. A record of the incident will be recorded and filed and a plan for management discussed.
  4. If the harassment continues, make a further report. The school will investigate and take one or more of the following actions:
  • Mediate and use restorative justice
  • A warning
  • Counseling
  • Parent contact
  • A written contract co-signed by parents
  • Internal suspension
  • External suspension

Contact People

Some of the people who can help you to select a course of action to stop the harassment are, Home Group teachers, Counsellors, Year Level Managers or an Assistant or Deputy Principal. Kids Helpline is available if you want to discuss things confidentially. Freecall 1800 551 800 or www.kidshelp.com.au
Remember harassment and bullying is not acceptable behaviour and can now be reported to police for their intervention.