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    Bullying in any form (physical, verbal, mental, or cyber
     
    bullying) is not tolerated at Woodstown Middle School.
     
     
    If you see someone who is being bullied, please complete the anonymous form above. 
     
    All claims made about bullying are handled quickly (within state
     
    mandated time allotments). If a case is not found to be a "bullying" case
     
    per se, it could be due to one of the following.
     
     
    There are terms that students and parents need to understand: Teasing, Mean, and bullying.
     
    Teasing is when a friend "jokes" with another friend. He/She is
     
    not purposely trying to hurt anyone's feelings.
     
    Being mean is when a friend says something that he/she knows
     
    will hurt someone's feelings. This is not done repetitively,
     
    however. 
     
    Bullying is defined as saying or intimidating (an
     
    imbalance of power) someone repeatedly and
     
    purposely.
     
    In addtion, the state also adds, bullying is...
     
    "Reasonably perceived [bullying] as being
     
    motivated either by any actual or perceived
     
    characteristic, such as race, color, religion,
     
    ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual
     
    orientation, gender identity and expression, or a
     
    mental, physical or sensory [handicap] disability,
     
    or by any other distinguishing characteristic…"
     
     
     
     

    Most of the time, after speaking with the students, many issues come up

     

     

     

     

    as conflicts. This is when friendly teasing goes too far. Feelings are hurt,

     

     

     

     

    etc. These are handled accordingly.

     

     

    We teach kids the differences

     

     

    between teasing and bullying, and how to

     

     

    make sure it never gets to be

     

     

    a bullying issue. 

     

     

    Every time I go into any

     

     

    classroom, we review what

     

     

    bullying is.

     

    We have also been working on

     

     

    Kindness campaigns to

     

     

    encourage students to be kind to each other. See

     

     

    also SEL work for the

     

     

    year.