Bully Prevention





The Indiana statutory definition (per IC 20-33-8-.2) of bullying is as follows:  overt, unwanted repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communcation or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically) physical acts committed; aggression; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student, creating for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that places the targeted student in reasonable fear or harm to his or her person or property; has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student's physical or mental health; has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's academic performance; or has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privilieges provided by the school

We use the following criteria to determine if a student is being bullied: 


Aggressive behavior involving unwanted actions

A pattern of behavior repeated over time

An imbalance of power (the student can not defend himself or herself)

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The WMS Student Handbook provides comprehensive, board approved information about bullying including the following disciplinary actions for a student found to have engaged in bullying behavior:



1st and 2nd Offense

Warning Conference with School Staff

3rd Offense

Guidance Counselor Intervention

4th Offense

Referral to the Dean of Students

Continued Offenses

Referral to the Dean of Students and possible assignment to Suspension Partnership Program

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