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*More than 1/3rd of teens have been cyber bullied*
*1 out of 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying*
*56% of students have observed some type of bullying and ignored it*

BULLYING: (HCPS Policy 5517.01)

It is the policy of Hillsborough County Public Schools that all of its students and school employees have an educational setting that is safe, secure, and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. HCPS has a zero tolerance policy for bullying.

"Bullying" includes "cyberbullying" and means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. It is further defined as unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by an adult or student, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation; and may involve but is not limited to:

  1. teasing
  2. threat
  3. intimidation
  4. stalking
  5. cyberstalking
  6. physical violence
  7. theft
  8. sexual, religious, or racial harassment
  9. public or private humiliation
  10. destruction of property; and
  11. social-exclusion

View the bullying/cyberbullying section of the student handbook.

Ways to Report a Bully:

  • Verbally to an adult at school
  • On a Bullying Reporting Form located in the Guidance Office
  • Via email to school administrator or district office
  • Via a telephone call to school administrator or district office
  • Online at the district’s website by entering "go no-bullying" in the search bar
  • Crime Stoppers (1-800-873-8477)
  • If you are the victim of bullying or you feel uncomfortable reporting this fact to adult personnel at your school, contact someone on the following list:
    • Guidance Services, - Elementary/Middle School 273-7330, High School 273-7346
    • School Social Work Services, 273-7090
    • Psychological Services, 273-7095
    • Compliance Office, 272-4098
    • Area Superintendent for your school. The phone number is available at your school
    • Chief of Schools, Administration, 272-4000
  • Most social networks have links for reporting cyberbullying on their network. You can find those links here.

If you are the victim of bullying:

  • Clearly tell the bully(ies) to stop.
  • Don’t ignore the incident. Immediately report the incident to someone at school or seek peer mediation at school. Tell your parent(s)/guardian(s).
  • If the bullying continues after you have clearly told the bully(ies) to stop, make a written record of the incident including date, time, witness or witnesses, and parties involved in the incident.
  • Report the incident immediately to an adult who has authority over the bully(ies); for example: teacher, school counselor, assistant principal, or principal.
  • Avoid being alone with the person(s) who has attempted to bully you in the past.

To minimize the risk of being accused of bullying


  • Keep your hands to yourself.
  • Remember that NO one has a right to harm another person in any way.
  • Think before you speak.
  • Immediately apologize if you accidentally say or do something that has made another person feel oppressed.
  • Report all incidents of bullying behavior you have witnessed to appropriate school personnel.


  • Touch anyone without his or her permission and especially in an inappropriate way.
  • Keep interacting with a person after he or she has perceived your behavior toward him or her as being inappropriate.
  • Make remarks that may cause another person to feel oppressed (stressed, scared, intimidated).
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