The School District of Philadelphia is committed to creating a safe, respectful and healthy school environment for every student. The Office of School Climate and Safety has developed a bullying prevention and response program so that each school can effectively, thoroughly and compassionately address bullying and harassment according to policies and procedures developed by the District.
The School District of Philadelphia follows a clearly outlined definition of bullying when determining how to proceed with incidents and situations. The District defines bullying as when a person or group of people repeatedly and intentionally attempt to harm someone who is weaker, or who they consider to be weaker. Sometimes bullying involves a direct action such as hitting, name calling, teasing or taunting. Sometimes bullying is indirect, such as spreading rumors or influencing other students to act against someone.
Often adults dismiss bullying among kids as a normal part of growing up. But bullying is harmful. It can cause children and teenagers to suffer fear and anxiety. Bullying could lead to students avoiding school. In severe cases, teens who are bullied may feel they need to take drastic measures or react violently. Others even consider suicide. For some, the effects of bullying last a lifetime.