THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Policy Against Bullying and
Minions of the light, General McCollum told me that he could answer the request of only elected officials to issue an opinion on whether the bullying law covers teachers and staff in addition to students.
So let's test the concern of members of the Hillsborough County legislative delegation for the rights of teachers and school staff to equal protection under the bullying bill or whether they approve of board and administration supported by board $275,000-a-year consigliere Gonzalez who is trying to strip out of the bullying law its inclusion of teachers and staff.
The board and administration with Mr. Gonzalez's twisted interpretation--he gets $275,000 a year in tax loot for molding the law to fit the prejudices and malignant policies of the board and administration--of the bullying law falsely claims it does not cover teachers and staff, only students. In other words, Tallahassee passed the bill, but Gonzalez will tell the board and administration to ignore these folks elected to office's law to represent all the county and to write the bills. Consigliere Gonzalez says to veto provisions of HB 669 arbitrarily. If the Hillsborough County legislative delegation accepts this slap in the face from the schools' attorney, its members are major wussies.
The board-and-administration motive behind excluding teachers and staff from the bullying law's protection is that it gives teachers and staff a weapon to fend off the board and administration when it from uses the Professional Standards office to blackmail and bully teachers and staff into silence with exaggerated or false charges threatening their jobs. No record exists that shows that an administrator ever got a Professional Standards charge. Administrators as a class are exempt by board and superintendent fiat. The only reasons administrators get fired is if they piss off Elia.
Let this be a notification to the legislative delegation from those who take democracy and constituent services seriously to alert members of the Hillsborough County legislative delegation to ask General McCollum for an opinion on whether HB 669 covers teachers and staff as well as students.
Let us also ask the legislators who ask for that opinion to notify us they have done so at this blog site since, as newspapers are dying, blogs are rising. We will publish the communications from any member of the legislative delegation. If we get none, we know that we deal with a bunch of cowardly lightweights who can't count: teachers outnumber board and admiinstraitive personnel bigtime.
If we get no support from members of our legislative delegation, we know what to do at the next election cycle when we enter the voting booth and how we tell our neighbors and other teachers how to vote.
At re-election campaign time, you can inquire of any member of the legislative delegation whether he or she asked for an opinion from General McCollum on the scope of people covered by Bullying Law 669. Depending on the answer and and a copy of the solon's letter to the Attorney General asking for this opinion, you will then know whom to vote for or not vote for when the worthy next presents her- or himself for election.
Hats off to the Constitution. Kisses and hugs for democracy.
In evaluating the legislative Hillsborough County delegation's performance on this issue of fairness to teachers and staff, keep in mind what Milton said in the Areopagetica: "I cannot praise a fugitive and a cloistered virtue, unexercised unexercised and unbreathed." Wasn't Milton an old sweetie? He means that if members of the legislative delegation don't support the more numerous teachers and staff, that they are dingdongs not worthy of public office.
All you teachers tell these Hillsborough County solons that there will a pop quiz at re-election time. lee
c: all members, Hillsborough County legislative delegation
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Tom Gonzalez falsely claims the bullying law does not apply to anyone but students. Here below is the schools' own policy on bullying. It refutes Tom's "analysis." Yet the taxpayers pay this incompetent guy $275,000 a year thanks to a somnolent board that does not care about wasting tax money and an administration that has the same attitude. lee drury de cesare
It is the policy of Hillsborough County Public Schools that all of its students and school
employees have an educational setting that is safe, secure, and free from harassment and
bullying of any kind. The district will not tolerate bullying or harassment of any type.
Conduct that constitutes bullying or harassment, as defined herein, is prohibited.
“Bullying” means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological
distress on one or more students, employees, or visitors. It is further defined as unwanted
and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or
dehumanizing gesture, by a student or adult, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an
intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation;
or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation; and may
involve but is not limited to:
B. Social Exclusion
H. Physical violence
J. Sexual, religious, or racial harassment
K. Public humiliation
L. Destruction of property
“Harassment” means any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or
computer software, or written, verbal or physical conduct directed against a student or
school employee that:
A. places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her
person or damage to his or her property; or
B. has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational
performance, opportunities, or benefits; or
C. has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school
Bullying and harassment also encompasses:
A. Retaliation against a student or school employee by another student or school
employee for asserting or alleging an act of bullying or harassment. Reporting
an act of bullying or harassment that is not made in good faith is considered
B. Perpetuation of conduct listed in the definition of bullying or harassment by an
individual or group with intent to demean, dehumanize, embarrass, or cause
emotional or physical harm to a student or school employee by:
1. Incitement or coercion;
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2. Accessing or knowingly and willingly causing or providing access to data
or computer software through a computer, computer system, or computer
network within the scope of the district school system; or
3. Acting in a manner that has an effect substantially similar to the effect of
bullying or harassment.
"Harassment" or "bullying" also includes electronically transmitted acts (i.e., internet, e-mail,
cellular telephone, personal digital assistance (PDA), or wireless hand-held device) directed
toward a student(s) or staff member(s) that causes mental or physical harm or is sufficiently
severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive
educational environment for the other student(s).
Cyberstalking as defined in s. 784.048(1)(d), F.S., means to engage in a course of conduct
to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through
the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at a specific person, causing
substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.
Hillsborough County Public Schools expects students and school employees to conduct
themselves appropriately for their levels of development, maturity, and demonstrated
capabilities, with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students and school
staff, the educational purpose underlying all school activities, and the care of school facilities
The school district believes that standards for student behavior must be set cooperatively
through interaction among the students, parents/legal guardians, staff, and community
members producing an atmosphere that encourages students to grow in self-discipline. The
development of this atmosphere requires respect for self and others, as well as for district
and community property on the part of students, staff, and community members. Since
students learn by example, school administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers will
demonstrate appropriate behavior; treat others with civility and respect, and refuse to
tolerate bullying or harassment.
The school district upholds that school-related bullying or harassment of any student or
school employee is prohibited:
A. During any education program or activity conducted by a school sites educational
B. During any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity;
C. On a school bus or bus stop of a school sites educational institution; or
D. Through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a
computer, computer system, or computer network of a school sites education
Concluding whether a particular action or incident constitutes a violation of this policy
requires a determination based on all of the facts and surrounding circumstances. The
physical location or time of access of a computer-related incident cannot be raised as a
defense in any disciplinary action. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for
students who commit acts of bullying or harassment may range from positive behavioral
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interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion, as outlined in the Code of
Student Conduct. A district employee found to have committed an act of bullying or
harassment may be disciplined in accordance with district policies, procedures, and
agreements. Additionally, egregious acts of harassment by certified educators may result in
a sanction against that educator’s state issued certificate. (
Rule 6B-1.006, FAC., The Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in
have committed an act of bullying or harassment shall be determined by the school
administrator after consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act, including
reports to appropriate law enforcement officials.
Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a student found to have wrongfully and
intentionally accused another as a means of bullying or harassment range from positive
behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion, as outlined in the
Code of Student Conduct. A district employee found to have wrongfully and intentionally
accused another as a means of bullying or harassment may be disciplined in accordance
with district policies, procedures, and agreements. Consequences and appropriate remedial
action for a visitor or volunteer, found to have wrongfully and intentionally accused another
as a means of bullying or harassment shall be determined by the school administrator after
consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act, including reports to appropriate
law enforcement officials.
Procedure for Reporting
At each school, the principal or the principal’s designee is responsible for receiving
complaints alleging violations of this policy. All school employees are required to report
alleged violations of this policy to the principal or the principal’s designee. All other members
of the school community, including students, parents/legal guardians, volunteers, and
visitors are encouraged to report any act that may be a violation of this policy anonymously
or in-person to the principal or principal’s designee.
The principal/site administrator of each school or site in the district shall establish, publicize,
and prominently post (e.g., posters, student handbook, district website, school website) to
students, staff, volunteers, and parents/legal guardians, how a report of bullying or
harassment may be filed either in-person or anonymously and how this report will be acted
upon. The victim of bullying or harassment, anyone who witnessed the bullying or
harassment, and anyone who has credible information that an act of bullying or harassment
has taken place may file a report of bullying or harassment. A district employee, school
volunteer, student, parent/legal guardian or other persons who promptly reports in good faith
an act of bullying or harassment to the appropriate school official and who makes this report
in compliance with the procedures set forth in the district policy is immune from a cause of
action for damages arising out of the reporting itself or any failure to remedy the reported
incident. Submission of a good faith complaint or report of bullying or harassment will not
affect the complainant or reporter’s future employment, grades, learning, working
environment, or work assignments.
Any written or oral reporting of an act of bullying or harassment shall be considered an
official means of reporting such act(s). Reports may be made anonymously, but formal
disciplinary action may not be based solely on the basis of an anonymous report.
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A bill to be entitled
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of
Section 1. Section 1006.147, Florida Statutes, is created to read: 1006.147 Bullying and harassment prohibited.
(1) This section may be cited as the "Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act."
Section 2. If any provision of this act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this act are declared severable.
The "Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act" is a memorial to Jeffrey Johnston, son of Debbie and Robert Johnston. Jeffrey's story can now be found, with other "bullycide" stories, in the book, "Bullycide in