Bullying and Harassment
Bullying will not be tolerated in Ankeny Schools. The District is committed to upholding the required state policy on bullying and harassment. The District however has adopted a policy which goes further in protecting students against bullying.
Harassment and bullying of students and employees are against federal, state, and local policy, and are not tolerated. The state defines harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other victimization of students, based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status is prohibited. Examples of bullying may include, but is not limited to threats, inappropriate comments about the traits of an individual or group, creating parodies to make fun of others, or posting or otherwise sharing potentially embarrassing photographs, drawings, video, or depictions of others without permission. Students who feel that they have been bullied should:
- Discuss the issue with their parent/guardian.
- Communicate to the harasser or bully that the student expects the behavior to stop, if the student is comfortable doing so.
- If the student needs assistance communicating with the harasser or bully, the student should ask a teacher, counselor or principal to help.
- If the harassment or bullying does not stop, or the student does not feel comfortable confronting the harasser or bully, the student should:
- Tell a teacher, counselor or principal
- Write down exactly what happened, keep a copy and give a copy to the teacher, counselor or principal including:
- What, when and where it happened
- Who was involved
- What was said or what the harasser or bully did
- Witnesses to the harassment or bullying
- What the student said or did, at the time or later
- How the student felt
- How the harasser or bully responded
If you have questions about this law, please contact Dr. Matt Adams, Assistant Superintendent. The complete text of the law and additional information is available on the Iowa Department of Education web site: www.iowa.gov/educate.