Bullying Policy

LAUSD is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment and will not tolerate bullying or any behavior that infringes on the safety or well-being of students, employees, or any other persons within the District’s jurisdiction; and will not tolerate retaliation in any form when bullying has been reported. This includes while in school, at school-related events, and traveling to and from school. District policy continues to require all schools and all personnel to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance among students and staff. “All students and staff of public primary, elementary, junior high, and senior high have the inalienable right to attend campuses which are safe, secure, and peaceful.” [Article 1, Section 28(c) if the California State Constitution]

Bullying is defined as aggressive behavior that involves an imbalance of real or perceived physical or psychological power among those involved. Typically, the behavior is repeated over time and includes the use of hurtful words and/or acts.

Bullying behavior may include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Verbal: Hurtful name-calling, teasing, gossiping, making threats, making rude noises, or spreading hurtful rumors.
  • Nonverbal: Posturing, making gang signs, leering, staring, stalking, destroying property, using graffiti or graphic images, or exhibiting inappropriate and/or threatening gestures or actions.
  • Physical: Hitting, punching, pushing, shoving, poking, kicking, tripping, strangling, hair pulling, fighting, beating, biting, spitting, or destroying property.
  • Emotional (Psychological): Rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, intimidating, humiliating, blackmailing, manipulating friendships, isolating, ostracizing, using peer pressure, or rating or ranking personal characteristics.
  • Cyber bullying: Sending insulting or threatening messages by phone, e-mail, Web sites or any other electronic or written communication.

Administrators, staff, and parents are responsible for creating an environment where the school community understands that bullying behavior is inappropriate and will not be tolerated. students must also take responsibility for helping to create a safe environment:

  • Treat everyone with respect. Be sensitive as to how others might perceive your actions or words.
  • Report bullying behavior to a trusted adult.
  • Never engage in retaliatory behavior or ask, encourage, or consent to anyone’s taking of retaliatory action on your behalf.