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The Bullying Awareness Campaign is designed to bring the responsibility of stopping bullying to DeKalb County Schools. Students and staff will be asked to sign a pledge to indicate that they will refrain from participating and/or supporting bullying. Each month, schools will focus on training staff, students, parents, and the community in topics related to bullying. Topics include hazing, cyberbullying and cyberethics, kindness, friendship, bias, and respect.
Bullying is an exertion of power and is generally thought to be a willful pattern of behavior against the same person intended to cause physical and/or emotional hurt. However, no single act of harassment or intimidation will be ignored. It is imperative that schools investigate all reports of bullying and follow established protocol to document compliance with the law.
On December 6, 2010, the Board of Education adopted a complete revision of board policy JCDAG [ https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/epolicy/policy.aspx?PC=JCDAG&Sch=4054&S=4054&RevNo=1.11&C=J&Z=P ] relative to bullying in DeKalb County Schools. This revision was in response to Senate Bill 250, which changed Georgia bullying laws and required local school systems to adopt a bullying policy by August 2011.