Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “Here at Burke County Public Schools we take bullying very seriously. Bullying is not acceptable under any circumstance, and we will not tolerate it. We created this method of reporting bullying as a safe place where victims or witnesses could feel comfortable in letting their principal know what is going on. Please know that if you are being bullied or know of someone who is, the only way we can help stop it is if we know about it. The process doesn’t put anyone out but instead moves us the in right direction of finding a solution to the problem. No one deserves to be bullied.”
The person filling out the report does not have to share his or her name, but is asked to answer questions that are required in order for school officials to investigate the report. Anyone can fill out the form: the person being bullied, a student, employee, parent, community member or friend.
The form asks if the incident has been reported to the school, what type of bullying, harassment or discrimination is being reported and when and where the incident(s) occurred. The form does ask for the name of the person being bullied and the name of the person doing the bullying. There is a space to list witnesses, if anyone has been told about the incident and a space to describe what happened.
Once the form is submitted, it goes to Jamie Reinhardt, BCPS school-community liaison, and the school’s principal. The next step is for the principal to open an investigation into the report.
For those unsure of what constitutes bullying, the bully report under the “Parent” tab also offers definitions and descriptions, as well as tips for students, parents, educators and the community to prevent and deal with bullying.