TPS Bullying Prevention Efforts
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 being bullied. Bullying can happen during or after school hours. While most reported bullying incidents happen at school, bullying also happens while going to and from school, on the bus or playground and even in your neighborhood.
Per the Toledo Public Schools Bullying Prevention Policies, hazing, bullying, harassment or intimidation of a student by another student on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity or event is strictly prohibited. Cyberbullying is also prohibited.
- Bullying, harassment, and intimidation is an intentional written, verbal, electronic or physical act that a student has exhibited toward the same person more than once. The intentional act also includes violence within a dating relationship. The behavior causes mental or physical harm to the other student and is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student.
- Harassment is bullying with a specific purpose. For an incident to be classified as harassment, the behavior must have been directed at another person based on one of the following five reasons: (1) Disability; (2) Sex; (3) Race, Ethnicity, or National Origin; (4) Sexual Orientation; or (5) Religion.
- Cyberbullying is bullying by an electronic act. An electronic act means an act committed through the use of a cellular telephone, computer, pager, personal communication device or other electronic communication device.
Below are the number of confirmed incidents that TPS has recorded involving bullying and harassment incidents within the district. Please note that starting with the 2017-2018 school year, TPS is now classifying incidents more specifically.
Bullying - 131
Harassment (Basis of Disability) - 8
Harassment (Basis of Race, Color or National Origin) - 18
Harassment (Basis of Sex) - 52
Harassment (Basis of Sexual Orientation) - 15
Harassment (Basis of Religion) - 0
Bullying - 139
Harassment (No Specific Designation) - 11
Harassment (Basis of Disability) - 3
Harassment (Basis of Race, Color, or National Origin) - 3
Harassment (Basis of Sex) - 22
Harassment (Basis of Sexual Orientation) - 10
Harassment (Basis of Religion) - 0
2016-17 School Year
- 123 Bullying incidents reported
- 107 Harassment incidents reported
2015-16 School Year
- 120 Bullying incidents reported
- 147 Harassment incidents reported
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.
The Board of Education has adopted several policies against bullying, harassment and cyberbullying: JFCF (Hazing, Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying); JFCF-R - Hazing and Bullying (Harassment, Intimidation and Dating Violence) and JFCFA - Cyberbullying
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://archives.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_116