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Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation Prevention

Bullying, harassment and intimidation have no place in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Whether it happens in the hallways or online, such behavior can create hostile learning environments that interfere with students’ academic performance, and emotional and physical well-being. Harassment is motivated by real or perceived characteristics, such as race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, or socioeconomic status. Bullying behavior is threatening, intimidating and occurs repeatedly over time with the intent to cause harm. Bullying is unwanted behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated over time with the intent to cause harm. Bullying behavior may include: making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and deliberately excluding someone from a group.

Parents and caregivers should be on alert for behavior changes and other signs that your child is being bullied.

Warning Signs may include:

  • a decline in grades
  • unexplainable injuries
  • depressed mood
  • visibly upset or angry during or after internet use or cell phone use
  • withdrawal from friends and/or activities
  • a change in eating habits and sleep patterns
  • feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • increased physical complaints (headaches, stomach upset)
  • school/work avoidance
  • self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, self-harm or talking about suicide.
  • previously a target of traditional bullying

How To Report

Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reportin Form | Formulario para denunciar casos de acoso escolar hostigamiento or intimidatión | Formulaire De Signalisation De L'Intimidation, Du Harcèlement Ou Des Brimades