At William H. Lincoln School, we are committed to the emotional and physical safety of each child in our
building. When one person is not safe, we are all unsafe. We have found that one of the main causes of
fear and insecurity on our school community is bullying. Bullying is happening everywhere, and in the
world around us, and it can be loud and visible, or silent and sneaky. No matter what form it takes,
bullying hurts. With your help, we can find out when, where and how the bullying is taking place and
stop bullying behaviors to make our community safe for everyone.
What is bullying?
Bullying is mean-spirited and sometimes aggressive behavior and speech. It can be verbal, physical or
relational. In our experience, bullies come in all shapes and sizes. They can be alone, or work in groups of
other bullies. With bullying, there are always three elements at play: there is an imbalance of power, there
is intent to harm, and there is a threat of further aggression. Sometimes things escalate, and the bully
creates a situation of terror. All of these experiences are unacceptable.
What can bullying look like?
• Verbal: name-calling, threats, teasing, racist remarks, sending mean emails, negative comments
about religious, cultural, ethnic and/or sexual orientation
• Physical: kicking, hitting, pushing, shoving, poking, taking or damaging items
• Relational: social alienation using gossip, exclusion, or rumors
• Sending an inappropriate text message, email or using any form of technology for mean-spirited
• Sexual harassment: inappropriate comments, advances or touching
What is Lincoln School doing about it?
• Guidance staff and Administrators have met and will continue to meet with parents about bullying
• Guidance and Administration will visit classes to remind students and staff of our policies.
• Administrators are establishing a school-wide resource library to provide teacher and parents with
strategies for positive behavior support, cooperative classrooms and conflict resolution. A whole-
school comprehensive program is currently being researched.
• Classroom lessons on social competency including bullying/teasing are being developed and taught
• The Safe and Caring Schools Contract is being piloted in Grade 5.
• Posters are in the classroom and bathroom with our Anti-bullying Rules:
1. We do not bully others.
2. We help students who are bullied.
3. We include students who are left out.
4. We tell an adult at school and an adult at home when someone is being bullied.
How will the school respond to bullying?
In our school community, we do not tolerate the actions of bullies. While the response to bullying will
always depend on the severity of the action, action will always be taken. A three-step intervention process
will take place in response to the bullying, and consequences will be put in place to prevent future
Intervention #1: Meeting with Teacher/Principal/Support Staff:
A teacher, principal, or support staff member will ensure that the immediate behavior stops and will
reinforce that the behavior will not be tolerated. During this meeting, the staff member will redirect the
student and come up with a plan for success in case they find themselves in a similar situation in the
Intervention #2: Notification of Parents:
School staff will notify the parents of both the bully and the bullied regarding the incident. Parents of the
child doing the bullying may be asked to meet with the vice principal, principal or other members of the
school staff, and may be asked to meet with the parents of the bullied child to resolve issues of bullying.
If a student needs to be removed from school because of their bullying, and re-entry meeting and plan will
Intervention #3: Referral to Professional Support Staff:
The student who is doing the bullying may meet with the school guidance counselor, social worker or
psychologist to help prevent future bullying.
Consequences may include the following: loss of recess privilege; detention before or after-school;
notification of police; removal from after-school program or special activity; removal from field trip or
other school outing; suspension; expulsion. All discipline matters are handled confidentially.
What should you do if you are being bullied?
If any student believes they have been the victim of bullying, or a staff member or parent/guardian
believes that a student has been the victim of bullying, they should bring the matter to the attention of the
classroom teacher, a cafeteria or playground aide, or specialist. Additionally, the matter can be brought to
the Vice Principal, Principal, Guidance Counselor or other staff member of the school. This may be done
in writing or verbally. Anonymous reports of bullying may be submitted.
What should you do if you have seen bullying?
It can be hard to do something about bullying. You might be afraid to say something, or you might not
know what to do. We are here to help. But we also need you to be part of the solution. You are never
alone, and you can and should get help from the adults in the building. You can also help by standing up
to bullies, letting them know that what they are doing is not nice. You can choose to never join in on
bullying behavior, setting the example of being a caring individual.
Next steps and How to get involved:
We are handing out this policy to our whole school community. We will use it to launch discussions in
classrooms about our expectations and the ways we plan to work together to make this policy successful.
As a parent or guardian, you can help by reading this policy with your child, and discussing the language
and expectations with them. Our work is always evolving, and your input on this policy is welcome. And
we will need your help to model positive behaviors and social relationships for our children, so that the
messages between home and school are consistent and reliable.