City Charter High School Amended Bullying Policy, Development and Implementation

Approved – July 19, 2017

The City Charter High School Bullying Policy Committee (“the committee”) reviews this policy annually to maintain a Bullying Policy which ensures the safety of the student population and provides consequences to deter hazing and threatening behaviors which are inconsistent with the educational goals of the school.

For the purposes of the City Charter High School policy, bullying is defined as:

  • The willful act of repeatedly victimizing a student by negative actions that attempt or intentionally cause injury or physical, emotional or mental discomfort; and/or
  • Physical contact, assault, name calling, threats, pranks and taunting directed at a student by a single student or a group; and/or
  • Spreading rumors and engaging in any form of electronic bullying (which includes but is not limited to texting, Facebook, Twitter and email); and/or
  • Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to or loss of personal property; and/or
  • Any form of intimidation.
  • Any form of hazing is a violation.  Hazing is any action which recklessly or intentionally endangers the health or safety of the student for the purpose or initiation or admission into or affiliation with any class or organization of City Charter High School.  Hazing shall include, but not be limited to, physical activity, forced consumption of foods or liquids or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the health or safety of the student or subject the student to mental stress or embarrassment.

The school zone which is covered under this policy includes acts of bullying which occur in school or outside of school (during a school sponsored event/activity or before and after the school day while a student is in transit to or from the school).

Any act of bullying is a violation of the Code of Conduct and is subject to consequences defined by the law and City Charter High School Code of Conduct.  The following consequences apply strictly to isolated acts of bullying which do not involve physical harm, stalking, emotional distress or damage to personal property.  Due to the severity, consequences for acts of bullying which involve physical harm, stalking, emotional distress or damage to personal property will be dealt with on a case by case by administration and may involve law enforcement.

  • First Offense – Student is warned and parent is notified.
  • Second Offense – Student is suspended for three (3) days
  • Third Offense – Student is suspended for ten (10) days
  • Repeated offenses will result in a recommendation for expulsion

Consequences for acts of bullying may include any of the following:

  • Student Mediation
  • Parent Conference
  • Out of School Suspension
  • Referral to Law Enforcement
  • Referral to Children, Youth and Families
  • Recommendation for Expulsion

Parents should also be aware that after a full investigation by the administration some incidents may be categorized as child on child abuse as described in Child Protective Laws.  Suspected child on child abuse includes a child who is assaulted, sexually harassed, bullied or any other violation that represents abuse anytime, anywhere before, during and after school. The Pittsburgh police and CHILDLINE will be contacted in those instances. This is in addition to any school discipline and/or charges filed with the local magistrate. The school is required to cooperate with all investigations.

Annual reports of bullying incidents will be maintained by School Security.

The initial City Charter High School Bullying Policy was adopted by the Board of Trustees in June 2008.  The first revision of the Bullying Policy was adopted by the Board of Trustees on June 13, 2012.  The current Bullying Policy was adopted by the Board of Trustees on July 19, 2017.