Bullying Prevention

What is bullying?

“Bullying” is systematically or chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. Bullying may involve but is not limited to: 

  1. Unwanted teasing
  2. Threatening/intimidating behavior
  3. Stalking or cyber-stalking
  4. Cyber-bullying
  5. Physical violence
  6. Theft or destruction of school or personal property
  7. Sexual, religious, or racial harassment
  8. Public humiliation
  9. Social exclusion, including incitement and or coercion
  10. Rumor or spreading of falsehoods

Bullying is prohibited:

  • At school and at all school facilities
  • At school sponsored or school related functions, whether on or off school grounds
  • On school buses or at school bus stops (to and from school)
  • Through the use of technology or an electronic devices owned, licensed or used by a school
  • At non-school related locations and through non school technology or electronic devices, if the bullying creates a hostile environment at school for the victim, infringe on the rights of the victim at school or materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of the school

How do I file a report of suspected bullying incidents?

  • You can contact the school by phone and report it to the school principal or designee (413) 572-6533.
  • Reports can be made using an Incident Reporting Form located in the Main Office, counselor’s offices, and the nurse’s office Forms can also be downloaded off the district website.
  • Reports may also be made anonymously.  A Drop Box is located at the counter in the Main Office

What happens next?

  1. Administrators will acknowledge receipt of your report
  2. A preliminary review of the incident may be conducted to determine need for the investigation
  3. If warranted, an investigation will be conducted and assessed
  4. Action will be taken to prevent situations from reoccurring and to educate all parties involved
  5. Action taken including: communication with parents/guardians, conferences with students, referrals to school counselors, consultation with legal counsel, possible local law enforcement involvement and criminal charges, and school consequences can be issued

Useful Resources

The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center
Stop Bullying Now!
Westfield Public Schools Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan