Toledo Public Schools is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students and that means ensuring that every student can attend school without the fear of harassment. Bullying can happen during or after school hours. While most reported bullying incidents happen at school, a large percentage of bullying happens while going to and from school, on the bus or playground and even in your neighborhood.
Bullying comes in many different forms. Below we’ve listed the different types of bullying and examples of each:
· Physical bullying: actual harm to another individual’s body such as hitting, kicking or punching
· Verbal bullying: threats, teasing, and/or name calling
· Social or Relational bullying: gossip, rumors and intentionally leaving someone out of interactions
· Cyberbullying: repeatedly threatening, defaming, teasing or ridiculing another individual by sending harmful, threatening text or instant messages, for example, or posting derogatory comments or photos on Facebook and other social media platforms
Below are steps students can take to get help:
Let an adult know right away! This can be your teacher, counselor or parent. We can’t help if we don’t know.
If you don’t feel comfortable telling anyone, you can also report anonymously through the “Have a Need Box" at your school. If you use this method, let us know what we can do to make you feel safe.
Lucas County Anti-Bullying Campaign
The Lucas County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Lucas County Commissioner's Office, offers assistance to anyone who wants to report bullying or other forms of school related issues. The Lucas County Sheriff's Office Bullying Hotline can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by either texting or calling the following number: 419-654-3425. Or, you may file your report online by going to this link: http://co.lucas.oh.us/forms.aspx?fid=412 or by clicking on the icon below:
Parents and students, please feel free to check out these anti-bullying resources:
TPS ANTI-BULLYING POLICY
In August, 2009, the Board of Education adopted a policy against bullying. Here is a copy of that policy: TPS anti-bullying policy
The JESSICA LOGAN ACT
In July, 2008, teenager Jessica Logan took her own life after her classmates bullied her when an ex-boyfriend passed around photos of her that she had sent to his cell phone. The Ohio Legislature passed The Jessica Logan Act, which amends state law to include prohibiting cyberbullying through the use of a cellphone, computer or other electronic communication device. The law also requires that schools have in place a reporting mechanism for cases of bullying. To read the details of The Jessica Logan Act, click here: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_116