San Diego Unified prepares for possible bullying incidents

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - With some San Diego County students back in school and others preparing for the summer break to end, districts are finalizing plans to keep students safe from bullying.

Between one and four U.S. students say they've been bullied at schools nationwide, according to the National Center for Education and Bureau of Education.

The San Diego Unified School District reports most children have been teased at some point but when the teasing becomes hurtful, unkind and constant, it crosses the line into bullying.

Cyberbulling takes place over devices like phones and computers, and the effects of bullying are similar to those done in person, according to SDUSD.

The district has a formal policy:

In accordance with District Policy A-3500, bullying (including cyberbullying), harassment or intimidation in any form are prohibited at school and school-related events (including off-campus events, school-sponsored activities, school busses, any event related to school business) or outside school hours with the intention to be carried out during any of the above.

Such acts include those that are reasonably considered as being motivated by either an actual or perceived attribute that includes but is not limited to race, religion, creed, color, marital status, parental status, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, mental or physical disability or any other distinguishing character.

Over the past year, 10News has reported on several bullying incidents across San Diego County. Has your child been a victim of bullying? Team 10 investigator Adam Racusin wants to talk to you. Call him at 619-237-6322 or email adam.racusin@10news.com

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