LINKS HS students are expected to treat each other with respect. As such, actions such as BULLYING will not be tolerated. BULLYING is a willful, repeated and aggressive behaviour towards another with the intent to harm, and includes:
- Derogatory comments, racial, religious, or homophobic slurs and name-calling;
- Threats and intimidation (physical, verbal, or written);
- Intentional exclusion and/ or humiliation;
- Manipulation of another individual;
- Any of the above actions committed via social media;
- Physical violence;
- Taxing and theft.
These actions may occur at school, on or near school property, during or outside of school hours or through electronic communication/ social media/ cyberbullying.
REGARDLESS OF TIME, LOCATION OR MEANS, LINKS HIGH SCHOOL WILL TAKE MEASURES AGAINST SUCH ACTS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS.
If a LINKS HS student is experiencing bullying in any form, they should immediately take measures to stop it. The first step is to tell a responsible adult such as a teacher, administrator, staff member or parent. Severity of disciplinary action is at the discretion of the principal. DISCIPLINARY ACTION MAY INCLUDE A SUSPENSION OF UP TO 5 DAYS. Whenever possible, an in-school suspension or an alternative to suspension program will be offered rather than an at-home suspension.
As a rule, we try to prevent bullying before it starts. This is a process in which all stakeholders hold responsibility.
Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about respect for others, take appropriate action at home when there are problems of this nature and cooperate with the school should an incident arise.
School Staff will be vigilant in their instruction and supervision of students and address any issues brought to their attention. School personnel will educate students and raise awareness about the issue through classroom visits and awareness campaigns such as anti-bullying assemblies. The guidance counsellor will mediate conflict between students in a safe and respectful environment. Students are encouraged to seek help in situations of conflict before it escalates into a larger problem.
Whenever possible, a resolution between bully and victim will be sought through means such as meetings with our guidance counsellor and/or administration, outside counselling services for one or both parties, or other form of mediated agreement between both parties.