GUSD needs your help to keep our students, staff, schools, and community safe. If you see or hear something that could be a bullying issue, it's important that you speak up and tell someone. Often, bullying issues can be resolved by talking with teachers or the principal. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Direct Acts of Bullying May Include:
- Hitting, tripping, shoving, pinching and excessive tickling
- Verbal threat(s), name calling, racial slurs and insults
- Taunting, teasing, spreading rumors or intimidation
Indirect Acts May Be More Difficult to Detect, and May Include:
- Rejecting, excluding, or isolating target(s)
- Humiliating target(s) in front of friends
- Manipulating friends or relationships
- Sending hurtful emails or writing notes
- Developing a website for taunting, ranking, or degrading a target and inviting others to join in posting humiliating notes or messages.
Safety and Next Steps
Any information submitted using the online bullying reporting form will go directly to the school site administrator who will investigate and use discretion to keep as much information confidential as possible to ensure the issue is addressed. Reminder, GUSD cannot give personal information about other students, including disciplinary actions taken.
IMPORTANT: If you think this is a life threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
This hotline serves Shasta County residents 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. If you're experiencing depression, hopelessness, loneliness, desperation, or considering suicide PLEASE CALL. They also take calls from third parties who are concerned about a friend or loved one who is suicidal. They are available to listen and understand, and to offer information and resources as needed. The number is 1-800-273-8255. The local Shasta County number is (530) 244-2222 and takes calls from 8:00am-8:00pm.