Bullying/Cyberbullying

Bedford High School expects students to conduct themselves in a manner in keeping with their levels of development, maturity, and demonstrated capabilities with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, school staff, volunteers, and contractors. Please refer to the Bedford High School Student Handbook for a more detailed listing of students' rights and expectations.

Definition of Bullying and Cyberbullying

Bullying takes place when a stronger or more emotionally or socially powerful individual intentionally and repeatedly hurts, threatens, or torments a more vulnerable individual. Bullying:

  • is deliberate.
  • happens repeatedly.
  • is a one-sided, unfair match.

Bullying, therefore, is different from a single incident of teasing. It is, in fact, an abuse of power. Bullying also differs from play, and from the normal conflicts of childhood. When two children of approximately equal strength or power are engaged in a fight, it is not bullying. Thus, although all acts of bullying are aggressive, not all aggressive acts are bullying. Bullying can occur face to face or it can happen behind one's back, especially through cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is defined as willful and repeated harm inflicted through the medium of any electronic devices. Bullying can be short-term or it can last a long time. Bullying can be committed by an individual or by a group. Bullying can also occur by a staff member towards a student. 

  • If a student feels that s/he is being bullied, it is important to tell a trusted adult, a parent, teacher, counselor, principal, or nurse, who can help him/her.

Our Core Beliefs and Expectations:

We believe that standards for student behavior must be set cooperatively through interaction among the students, parents and guardians, staff, and community members, producing an atmosphere that encourages students to grow in self-discipline. The development of this atmosphere requires respect for self and others, as well as for district and community property on the part of students, staff, and community members.

We believe that the best discipline is self-imposed, and that it is the responsibility of staff to use disciplinary situations as opportunities for helping students learn to assume responsibility and the consequences of their behavior. Staff members who interact with students shall apply best practices designed to prevent discipline problems and encourage students' abilities to develop self-discipline.

Since bystander support of harassment or bullying can support these behaviors, the district prohibits both active and passive support for acts of harassment or bullying. The staff encourages students to support students who walk away from these acts when they see them, who constructively attempt to stop them, or who report them to the designated authority.

We expect students to conduct themselves in a manner in keeping with their levels of development, maturity, and demonstrated capabilities with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, school staff, volunteers, and contractors.

Click here for information about the Bedford High School Process of Responding to a Report of Bullying/Peer Aggression. This PDF includes information on expectations of students behavior, definations of cyberbullying, bullying and harassment, and also includes a summary of the high school investigatory processes and procedures related to the bullying. Click here for the procedure to report bullying by a BHS Staff Member

Please be aware that Bullying incidents at Bedford High School are considered a Category B offense to the Student Code of Conduct and will be disciplined accordingly. In addition to disciplinary consequences, a student found responsible for malicious teasing, bullying or harassment may be required to meet with a school counselor for a number of sessions deemed appropriate by the administration. These sessions may consist of individual or group sessions. 


Ways to Report Bullying:

Report BullyingPlease use any of the following methods to report bullying to the administration of Bedford High School.

Bullying Reporting 

 

Click here to report a bullying incident using an online google form

 

Paper Bullying Reporting Form

 

Download the linked PDF form to report a bullying incident. Be sure to deliver the completed form to the main office at:

 

9 Mudge Way

Bedford, MA 01730

 

Phone Call

 

Please call Bedford High School. (781) 275-1700 ext. # 1111 for the main office

 

Email

 

Please email a teacher, counselor, administrator or other high school faculty member. All staff and faculty email contacts are on this website.