Bullying Prevention

St. HOPE Public Schools (SHPS) believes that all students and employees have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. SHPS schools and the community have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance. SHPS recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student well-being, student learning and school attendance and desires to provide a safe school environment that protects students from physical and emotional harm.

What is bullying?


  1. Is an unwanted, aggressive act/behavior
  2. Involves an imbalance of power 
  3. Is intended to cause emotional or physical harm
  4. Can be physical, verbal, or social/relational 
  5. Involves repetition 

Please see the SHPS Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Policy for more information on the definition of bullying.

Bullying can take many forms, including, but limited to: 

  1. Physical bullying that inflicts harm upon a person’s body or possessions
  2. Verbal bullying that includes saying or writing hurtful things 
  3. Social/relational bullying that harms a person’s reputation or relationships
  4. Cyberbullying, such as sending demeaning or hateful text messages or emails, sending rumors by email or by posting on social networking sites, or posting embarrassing photos, videos, web site, or fake profiles

Cyberbullying and Social Media

The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are (from stopbullying.gov):

What can parents/guardians/caregivers do to protect their students online?  To minimize the risk of cyberbullying or harm from digital behavior, parents can (from stopbullying.gov):

For more information on bullying and prevention, please see the California Department of Education’s Bullying Prevention Training and Resources.