Bullying Intervention

What is Bullying?



verb: the repeated use of a written, verbal, or electronic expression; physical act; gesture; any combination thereof by one or more students directed at a target that:

  • causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target’s property;

  • places the target in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself or of damage to his or her property;

  • creates a hostile environment at school for the target;

  • infringes on the rights of the target at school; or

  • materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

Providing a Safe Learning Environment

The Leominster Public Schools District maintains a comfortable atmosphere where students feel supported in their educational pursuits and where new beginnings are encouraged. We are committed to providing all students with a safe learning environment that is free from bullying. This commitment is an integral part of the Leominster Public Schools' comprehensive efforts to promote learning; eliminate all forms of violent, harmful, and disruptive behavior; and enable students to achieve their personal and academic potential.

When your child has been a victim of bullying, it’s natural to want to know exactly what will happen to the child who bullied him or her. You may feel that the educator or administrator is avoiding your questions or protecting the bully, but in fact, they are simply following the law. Educators in the United States must obey the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This act strongly affects schools and disciplinary procedures against minor students. One effect of this act is to make school records a private matter, including discipline. That means a school is prohibited from sharing any information in a student’s record--including disciplinary information--to a third party. The result of this is that you cannot expect a school official to tell you how they have disciplined a student, even if your child was directly victimized by that student.

Commonly Used Terms

Aggressor: a student who engages in bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation.

Cyber­bullying: bullying through the use of technology or electronic devices such as telephones, cell phones, computers, and the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, email, instant messages, text messages, and Internet postings.

Hostile Environment: a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule, or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of a student’s education.

Retaliation: any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a student who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying.

Staff: includes, but is not limited to, educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities, support staff, or paraprofessionals.

Target: a student against whom bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation has been perpetrated.