Bullying is a concern at the middle school level. There are many things that we have in place here at CHMS to address and stop bullying.We realize that many things do not meet the state definition of bullying but is rather unacceptable behavior. We want to address these hurtful behaviors as well.We reinforce what many children are taught at home 1). to treat others with kindness 2). keep your hands and feet to yourself and 3). if you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all.We have Stay Away Agreements that students and parents must sign for more serious and persistent situations.Situations that continue will be handled accordingly.At CHMS, we DO NOT tolerate bullying, So that you will know, according to state law, bullying is defined as:
Sec. 37.0832. BULLYING PREVENTION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. (a) In this section, "bullying" means, subject to Subsection (b), engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district and that:
(1) has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or of damage to the student's property; or
(2) is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
(b) Conduct described by Subsection (a) is considered bullying if that conduct:
(1) exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and
(2) interferes with a student's education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.