Bullying/Hazing/Intimidation in Ohio schools is defined in Ohio law (Ohio Revised Code 3313.666(B)(E) as any intentional written, verbal, graphic, or physical act that a student or group of students exhibits toward another particular student more than once, and that behavior both: causes mental or physical harm to the other student; and is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student. This act also includes violence within a dating relationship. Cyberbullying is the above prohibited behavior perpetuated with computers, cellular phones, internet websites, and/or other electronic device. The term bullying will be used in what follows for all acts as defined above.
While many of these issues may occur “on school property” or “at school events”, if the act of bullying occurs off school property/during non-school hours, it still results in school discipline if it manifests itself or there is a disruption in the learning environment in the school setting. Any acts of bullying, as defined above, should be reported immediately to school administration. Penalties for such behavior include a range of disciplinary action including suspension from school. Taylor High School must be a safe haven where all students feel physically and emotionally safe and secure at all times. Parents can assist the school and help protect their children by joining in this effort.