Understanding and Addressing Bullying

At North Hills Christian School, bullying of any kind, by any person, is unacceptable. All students should be free from worries about being bullied. Students who bully others must be taught other, appropriate ways of interacting with peers.

As defined in our student/parent handbook, bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power - such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity - to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose (stopbullying.gov).

To learn the difference between bullying and conflict, student families are invited to click on the following SPECIAL PRESENTATION. Whereas conflict is an incident that occurs once with a person who does not have power over the other, bullying is ongoing and power is held by the aggressor. By watching the special presentation, student families are introduced to Bully Dog and Conflict Cat. If bullying occurs, students are to report it immediately to a teacher or school administrator and the matter will be addressed promptly (and the parents/guardians will be notified). If a student does not tell a teacher or school administrator and instead tells a parent/guardian he or she is being bullied, the parent/guardian is to report it to school administration by going to FACTS Family Portal and submitting the online form titled Student Well-Being at NHCS. If the person is unable to locate the resource, it can also be accessed HERE.

How we treat others matters to God. To learn more about this and what North Hills emphasizes to students, click on the following POSTER displayed throughout our campus.