The Escambia County Public School System is committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment in which all members of the school community are treated with respect.  Consequently, bullying, violence, and threats of violence, and intimidation are prohibited and constitute unacceptable behavior that will not be tolerated. 

In an effort to ensure that no student is subjected to bullying, violence, threats of violence, or intimidation by any other student, the Escambia County Board of Education is opposed to and prohibits, without qualification, unlawful bullying based on real or perceived race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. 

Bullying - defined as willfully and repeatedly exercising power or control over another with hostile or malicious intent (i.e., repeated oppression, physical or psychological, to a less powerful individual by a more powerful individual or group). Bullying can be physical, verbal (oral or written), electronically transmitted, psychological (e.g., emotional abuse), an attack on the property of another, or a combination of any of these. Some examples of bullying are:

1) Physical - hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, pulling, taking and/or damaging personal belongings or extorting money, blocking or impeding student movement, unwelcome physical contact.

2) Verbal - taunting, malicious teasing, insulting, name calling, making threats.

3) Psychological - spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, coercion, extortion, or intimidation.

4) Cyber bullying - using information and communication technologies such as email, cell phones, and pager text messages, instant messaging (IM), defamatory personal websites, and defamatory online personal polling websites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to threaten or harm others, or which disrupts or interferes with the operation of a school or an individual student's ability to receive an education. (Escambia County Board Policy #935; State of Alabama Act No. 2009-571)

The policy further states that those students who bully, intimidate, or who conduct acts of violence or even threaten violence will be subject to disciplinary consequences and sanctions if the actions involve certain characteristics that include the student’s race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 

If you would like to report a bullying incident, please contact your school counselor or the school's principal or his/her designee.  We will conduct an investigation regarding the complain and act accordingly. We also warn of acts of reprisal or retaliation against any student who has reported a violation.