ANNA MIDDLE SCHOOL
Bullying by definition: Texas Education Code
Bullying means engaging in written or verbal expression,
expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that
occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school related
activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district that (1) has the
effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student,
damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable
fear of harm to the student's person or property, or (2) is
sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the
action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive
educational environment for a student. Bullying exploits an
imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student
victim through written, verbal, or electronic expression or
physical conduct. It is bullying if it interferes with a
student's education or substantially disrupts the operation of a
WHO CAN MAKE A REPORT?
Any school official, teacher, staff member, or student can make
a bullying report. Parents and community members can also
HOW DO I MAKE A REPORT?
Anna Middle School has set up a report form on the AMS portion
of the Anna ISD website. All reports are to be made using
this online form. This form will come directly to the middle
school counselor. This will be the procedure for making a bullying
report unless the reporter feels as though it is a life threatening
emergency. In this case, the reporter needs to go directly to
the counselor in person to make the report.
WHAT WILL OCCUR AFTER I MAKE A REPORT?
If this is the first report, the middle school counselor will
conduct an investigation that will involve visiting with both the
bullied and the bully, visiting with any witnesses, and making
contact with a parent/guardian of the bullied/bully. A
warning will be given to the bully, or the counselor will pass it
on to an administrator if the action calls for increased
If this is the second report involving the same bully, the
counselor will give it directly to the assigned
administrator. Consequences will be based on the offense and
could include detention, suspension, DAEP placement, or any other
punishment deemed appropriate by the Anna ISD Student Code of
If this is the third report involving the same bully, the
counselor will give it directly to the assigned administrator and
the Student Resource Officer. Consequences will be based on
the offense and could include the issuance of a criminal ticket
and/or an arrest of the perpetrator by the SRO.
*Any report involving electronic devices or social media will be
given by the counselor directly to an administrator.
THREE IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN REPORTING A BULLYING
- 1. Bullying cases that most often lead to litigation involve
victims who are members of a protected class: gender, sexual
orientation, race, nationality, disability, and/or religion.
- 2. Many forms of bullying are now punishable by law. Ignoring
an incident is not an option! Err on the side of caution. It is
better to report something than not if you think bullying has
occurred or is occurring.
- 3. Bullying is behavior that is often, but not always,
repeated, intentional, and has an imbalance of power.
BULLIES DON'T MESS WITH THE
WE BAND TOGETHER TO STOP