I had cause to stop by the CUSD office yesterday. I was in the lobby and to my surprise, I noticed some handouts in a rack. One of them got my attention - and seemed very timely. I grabbed a copy and brought it home. It is 3 pages (2 front and back & a 'cover page').
The cover page said it all. The top third of the page has the word "Bullying" on it encased by a circle with a line through it - the universal sign for No Bullying.
The bottom 2/3rds of the page define Bullying as follows:
"Bullying is an act of repeated aggressive behavior that hurts another person physically or emotionally."
"Bullying may include (but it not limited to) these types of behavior:"
"* Physical Hurtful: fighting, hitting, kicking, shoving, spitting and taking or damaging the property of others."
"* Emotional Hurtful: derogatory comments, mean spirited accusations or taunts, name calling, teasing, lies or rumors, social exclusion, peer pressure, threats or coercion, mean-spirited drawings or graffiti, and racial, ethnic, or sexual stereotyping."
"* Cyber (by cell phone or internet): any of the emotionally hurtful types of bullying listed above, spread by text, email, Facebook, or other social media."
The next pages cite "Cabrillo USD Board Policy / Bullying / BP 5131.2 / Students (Pages 260-263 listed).
I have to wonder if this handout could be forwarded to the Current Council majority for their reading pleasure? Would it do any good? Should the City adopt a similar Policy? And would City leadership then follow their own Policy?