Hemet USD takes bullying prevention seriously. The governing board recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student learning.
Signs a Child Is Being Bullied
Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.
Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:
- Unexplainable injuries
- Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
- Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking an illness
- Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
- Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
- Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
- Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
- Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
- Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide
Signs a Child is Bullying Others
Kids may be bullying others if they:
- Get into physical or verbal fights
- Have friends who bully others
- Are increasingly aggressive
- Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
- Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
- Blame others for their problems
- Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
- Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity
The first step in resolving bullying is to report it to the school. The school is unable to address bullying issues until they are aware of the situation. It is important that you report situations where you believe bullying has occurred to a school administrator as soon as you are able.
Hemet USD also practices Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Restorative Practices to provide meaningful consequences to all students involved in bullying situations-both the students acting as bullies and students who feel they have been the target of bullying. All sites have Counselors available to meet with students who have been a victim or who have engaged in bullying.
For more information on Hemet USD policies, Board Policy 5131.2 addresses bullying specifically and Board Policy 5145.3 addresses nondiscrimination and harassment.
We have an online reporting system: http://sprigeo.com/ In this system, you are able to report an incident from any device. Your report will then be directed to a school administrator.
There are a number of laws that address bullying and bullying prevention in schools. You can find a list of these laws at: https://www.stopbullying.gov/laws/california/index.html