LAKE WALES HIGH SCHOOL IS COMMITTED TO PROTECTING ITS STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES FROM ALL SHAPES AND FASHIONS OF BULLYING AND OR HARRASSMENT. LAKE WALES HIGH SCHOOL BELIEVES THAT ALL STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES ARE ENTITLED TO A SAFE, EQUITABLE, AND HARRASSMENT FREE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE. BULLYING OR HARRASSMENT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND SHALL BE CAUSE FOR SERIOUS DISCIPLINARY ACTION. THIS POLICY SHALL BE INTERPRETED AND APPLIED CONSISTENTLY WITH ALL STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS. ACCORDING TO STATE STATUATE 1006.147, THE STATE OF FLORIDA PROHIBITS THE BULLYING AND HARASSMENT OF ANY STUDENT OR EMPLOYEE OF A K-12 EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION;
A) During any educational program or activity conducted by a public K-12 educational
B) During any school related or school-sponsored program or activity.
C) Through the use of data or computer software on or off of the LWHS campus.
D) Though any bullying that takes place off campus is covered by this policy, Lake Wales
High School is not responsible for monitoring any off campus non-school related activity, function,
“Bullying” is defined as systematically or chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. Bullying may involve but is not limited to:
- unwanted teasing
- threatening/intimidating behavior
- stalking or cyberstalking
- cyber bullying
- physical violence
- theft or destruction of school or personal property
- sexual, religious, or racial harassment
- public humiliation
- social exclusion, including incitement and or coercion
- rumors or spreading of falsehoods
Student behavior must meet the three criteria listed below to be considered bullying:
- The behavior must be repeated. If a behavior occurs only once, it may constitute harassment, but it is not bullying.
- The behavior must be unwanted, offensive, threatening, insulting, humiliating, or causes the target to feel so stressed, injured or threatened that it interferes with his/her educational performance.
- There must be an imbalance of power between the victim and the aggressor.
How do I file a report of bullying?
There are several methods for reporting suspected bullying incidents:
*You can contact the school by phone and make a report to a LWHS administrator.
*You can make a report to a teacher, counselor, administrator, or a dean in person. We have an open door policy so all you have to do is notify a teacher and they will allow you to take your report to a school administrator at any time.
*You can make the report online by going to the students section of the LWHS website and sending the form directly to a LWHS administrator.
What happens next?
- The Lake Wales High School administration will acknowledge the receipt of your report as soon as possible. (This can take anywhere from 1-3 days.)
- A review of the incident will be conducted to determine if there is a need for an investigation.
- If warranted, an investigation will be conducted and completed within 10 days.
- Parents of the victim and bully will be then be notified of the results of the investigation.
- Next, the school will take appropriate action in handling the situation.
If you have any additional questions or would like to speak to an administrator about a bullying incident please contact Mr. Kendrick at 863-678-4222.