Bullying Prevention - Intervention Plan
Bullying, as defined in Massachusetts General Law Chapter 71, Section 37O, is the repeated use by one or more students or a member of a school staff of a written, verbal, or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a victim 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 victim
- infringes on the rights of the victim at school; or
- materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.
Cyberbullying is bullying through the use of technology or electronic devices such as telephones, cell phones, computers, and the Internet. It includes, but is not limited to, email, instant messages, text messages, and Internet postings.
We take seriously our commitment to create, maintain, and support an environment that fosters a sense of belonging for all students in our schools without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, poverty, spoken language and ability.
If you believe you have experienced or witnessed bullying as defined above by Massachusetts General Law, please click the link below to report an incident:
Auburn Public Schools’ Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan
The Auburn School Committee approved the District’s Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan on December 20, 2010 which was then approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in March 2011. The latest update to this plan was approved by the School Committee on August 24, 2022.
As a school community, we are committed to provide a safe environment in which our students can thrive, thus reaching their full potential.
If you have questions regarding this plan, please contact your child's school and speak with the building principal.
Bullying: A Guide for Parents
Dr. Elizabeth Englander, Professor of Psychology, and founder and Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University is a nationally recognized researcher and trainer in the field of childhood aggression, bullying and cyberbullying. Dr. Englander offers the following resources to families and educators: