Bully & Incident Reporting

The Appleton Area School District is committed to providing students with a safe, secure, and healthy school environment that allows all students to maximize their learning potential. The Board of Education considers bullying to be detrimental to the health and safety of students and disruptive to the educational process and is prohibited.

Education, intervention, awareness, and prevention exists for staff and students to ensure a learning environment that is free of bullying or intimidation.

What is bullying?
Bullying is deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions, intended to cause fear, intimidation or harm. Bullying includes aggressive and hostile behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power between the bully and the bullied and is behavior that is repeated over time rather than an isolated incident.

This behavior may include but is not limited to physical and verbal assaults, nonverbal or emotional threats or intimidation, harassment, social exclusion and isolation, extortion, use of computer or telecommunications to send messages that are embarrassing, slanderous, threatening or intimidating (cyber-bullying).

Bullying may also include teasing, put-downs, name-calling, rumors, false accusations, and hazing. Bullying based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap in its education programs or activities is also prohibited by law and Board policy.


Bully & Incident Reporting 

If you think there’s a threat to you, a friend, your school, or the community, don’t wait. SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT with an anonymous tip that can bring much-needed help.

The SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT School Resource Center isn’t just for students. Parents and community members can submit a confidential tip when they notice unsafe or risky behaviors that might be putting their child, other children, or the community in danger.

Students, parents, school staff, or any community members can submit a school safety concern or threat via a website, mobile phone application, or toll-free number. 

  • Submit a tip now
  • You may also make a report using your smartphone by downloading the SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT app from the Apple Store and Google Play
  • or by calling 1-800-MY-SUSO-1 to speak to a resource center analyst.

Call 911 if this is an emergency or a crime in progress.
 
This system can be used to identify not just threats to schools, but also other daily safety concerns students encounter, such as bullying, drug use, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and more. How do you know if someone might need help? Most SUSO tips fall into one of three categories - click on a category below to learn more.

Resource center staff work around-the-clock to respond to tips and to deploy a response locally by communicating directly with school administrators, law enforcement, and counselors.

Are staff trained?

Staff have participated in Bullying Prevention training. This training focuses on pre-correction of inappropriate behavior, rewarding the use of the three-step response, and responding to reports of disrespectful behavior.

It is well known that schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally. For this to happen, it is imperative that we have a safe environment that is supportive and conducive to growth. By setting forth clear social and behavioral expectations, it is our goal to create an atmosphere for learning.

What can parents do?

To be most effective, bullying prevention efforts are the shared responsibility of parents, staff, and community. Parental pride and involvement in the school sets a positive example for children. As adults, we can:

  • Teach self-respect
  • Discuss the seriousness and negative effects of bullying behaviors
  • Work together with your child’s school to develop a consistent approach to bullying behaviors
  • Set a good example. Children learn more by actions than from words


Resources

Bullying Prevention Resources
National Bullying Prevention Center Resources
StopBullying.gov
DPI Brochure for Parents

 

If you think there’s a threat to you, a friend, your school, or the community, don’t wait. SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT with an anonymous tip that can bring much-needed help. Students, parents, school staff, or any community members can submit a school safety concern or threat via a website, mobile phone application, or toll-free number. 

  • Submit a tip now
  • You may also make a report using your smartphone by downloading the SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT app from the Apple Store and Google Play
  • or by calling 1-800-MY-SUSO-1 to speak to a resource center analyst.

Call 911 if this is an emergency or a crime in progress.