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Bastrop ISD Guidelines & Procedures
Bastrop ISD is aware that any type of bullying behavior can cause severe and lasting harm to its victims and is a serious issue. The district is committed to doing all that is possible to lessen this problem. Through a designed program that increases staff and student awareness of bullying, how to recognize it and methods to eliminate it, it is the desire of the district to implement plans to diminish all bullying behaviors.

Effective September 1, 2017, Senate Bill 179, known as “David’s Law,” makes it a Class A misdemeanor and allows a temporary injunction against social media accounts used to electronically harass or cyberbully someone under age 18 through text message, social media, websites or other means with the intent of causing them to commit suicide or harm themselves.

Texas state Senators José Menéndez and Judith Zaffirini authored the bill, which requires school districts to include cyberbullying in their district bullying policies, to notify parents within 3 days if their child has been bullied, and to notify parents of the alleged aggressor within a reasonable amount of time. Schools have the authority to investigate cyberbullying and to work with law enforcement as needed as part of those investigations.

If a student believes they are a victim of cyberbullying/bullying or if a teacher or other school personnel have knowledge about an incident of cyberbullying/bullying, they should immediately report it to a campus administrator. Students and parents may also use our "BISD Be A Hero" anonymous incident reporting system. Students or parents can submit reports such as bullying, cyberbullying, dating violence, drug or alcohol use, threats against the school, weapons on campus and more. All messages submitted remain completely anonymous. BISD Be A Hero ensures that we have a system for our students and community to report bullying and other student concerns without fear of being identified.

For specific information, please refer to our Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.

Bastrop ISD Policy Links
FI (LEGAL) 93 Update
FDB (LEGAL) 93 Update
FDB (LOCAL) 93 Update 
FFH (LOCAL) 93 Update 
FFI (LOCAL) 93 Update 
FNG (LOCAL) 93 Update 
What is Bullying?
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Although definitions of bullying vary, most agree that bullying involves:
  • Imbalance of Power: People who bully use their power to control or harm, and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves 
  • Intent to Cause Harm: Actions done (committed) by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm 
  • Repetition: Incidents of bullying happen to the same person over and over by the same person or group

Types of Bullying 
Why Does Bullying Happen
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. 
How do I report bullying?
Pledges to Fight Bullying