SFHS is a Bully-Free Zone!
Schools are a primary place where bullying can happen. Helping to establish a supportive and safe school climate where all students are accepted and know how to respond when bullying happens are key to making sure all students are able to learn and grow.
The Santa Fe School District is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free of any form of bullying or intimidation by students toward District personnel or students on school grounds, or school time, at a school sponsored activity or in a school related context. Bullying is the intentional action by an individual or group or individuals to inflict physical, emotional, or mental suffering on another individual or group of individuals.
Bullying occurs when a student: (1) communicates with another by any means including telephone, writing, cyber-bullying or via electronic communications, intention to intimidate, or inflict physical, emotional, or mental harm without legitimate purpose, or (2) physically contacts another person with the intent to intimidate or to inflict physical, emotional, or mental harm without legitimate purpose. Physical contact does not require physical touching, although touching may be included.
Students who are victims or witnesses to bullying should immediately report all concerns to district administration.
Statistics from the 2012 Indicators of School Crime and Safety show that an adult was notified in less than half (40%) of bullying incidents. Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons:
- Bullying can make a child feel helpless. Kids may want to handle it on their own to feel in control again. They may fear being seen as weak or a tattletale.
- Kids may fear backlash from the kid who bullied them.
- Bullying can be a humiliating experience. Kids may not want adults to know what is being said about them, whether true or false. They may also fear that adults will judge them or punish them for being weak.
- Kids who are bullied may already feel socially isolated. They may feel like no one cares or could understand.
- Kids may fear being rejected by their peers. Friends can help protect kids from bullying, and kids can fear losing this support.
Santa Fe students in grades K-12 are encouraged to report all instances that may be perceived as bullying. A thorough investigation will be conducted to ensure students' safety at all times.
For more information on what you can do to combat bullying, visit: https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-you-can-do/index.html