Student Services » Bullying


You will hear back from staff within 72 hours (school days) of submitting the Concern Reporting Form.
The chart below may help you identify what to report or call the situation you are concerned about.
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The Los Gatos Union School District prohibits any discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student's actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, immigration status, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Prohibited discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying includes physical, verbal, nonverbal, or written conduct based on one of the categories listed above that is so severe and pervasive that it affects a student's ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity; creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; has the effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student's academic performance; or otherwise adversely affects a student's educational opportunities.

What Bullying is…

What Bullying is Not…

Repeated aggressive behavior that might include the following:

Not liking someone

Intended to cause harm (physical or emotional)

Accidentally bumping into someone

An attempt by one or more individuals to gain power over another

A single act of telling a joke about someone

Physical: Hitting, kicking, pushing, destroying property

Expression of unpleasant thoughts or feelings regarding others

Verbal/Written: Threatening, name-calling, teasing, taunting

Arguments or disagreements

Social/Emotional: Terrorizing, spreading rumors, intimidating, humiliating, blackmailing, isolating

Being excluded from a game or group on the playground (unless being done regularly and with intention to hurt the feelings of another)

Cyber-bullying: Using technology to bully others verbally, emotionally and/or socially

Isolated acts of harassment, aggressive behavior, intimidation or meanness

Filing a Report

Students, parents, and community members are encouraged to notify school staff, the assistant principal(s) or principal when they are being bullied or have witnessed another student being bullied or harassed.  Complaints may be filed with the site principal or supervisor.

The Uniform Complaint Procedures shall govern the process for investigating and resolving a complaint of bullying, harassment, and sexual harassment.  The Uniform Complaint Procedures Board Policy 1312.3 and Administration Regulations 1312.3 may be found on the LGUSD website, and at each school or department site. 

When the circumstances involve cyber-bullying, individuals with information about the activity are encouraged to save and print any electronic or digital messages that may constitute cyber-bullying.  This evidence will assist the administrator or supervisor in completing his/her investigation of the complaint.


Reasonable efforts will be made to keep a report of bullying or harassment and the result of the investigation confidential. The Board also prohibits any form of retaliation against any student who files a complaint or report regarding an incident of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

ALL students have the right to feel safe and included at school so they can thrive academically and socially regardless of race, gender, religion, ability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other perceived differences. Harassing, bullying, taunting, teasing, or physically harming a person or a person’s property is unacceptable.  

Consequences for bullying, harassing, taunting, or teasing others can be varied by the incident and may include a verbal or written apology, loss of privileges, behavior contracts, required school-based counseling, connection with the school resource officer, or removal from an activity.  Outcomes may also include suspension. 

Defining Bullying 

Dan Olweus, an world authority on bullying and bullying behavior defines it this way: "A person is being bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons." What differentiates bullying from other aggressive acts is that the student who bullies intends to harm, there is more than one incident, and an imbalance of power makes it hard for the child who's being bullied to defend him/herself. This difference in power can be physical—the child who bullies can be older, bigger, stronger; or several children can gang up on a single child. It can also be psychological, which is harder to see but just as potent—the student who bullies can have more social status or a sharper tongue, for instance. (Rigby, 2001b).

Verbal bullying includes name-calling, insulting, intimidating, mocking, threatening, and making racist, sexist, or sexual comments. Different from taunting, teasing in severity only. When does teasing cross the line and turn into bullying? The answer often lies in the perspective of the person being teased or bullied.

Physical bullying includes a variety of behaviors such as hitting, kicking, shoving, and taking or destroying property.

Relational bullying uses relationships to control or harm another person, excluding them from the group or events, talking behind their back, spreading rumors, telling lies about them, giving them the silent treatment, etc.

Cyberbullying utilizes all of the electronic paraphernalia of modern life—cell phones, instant messaging, videos, e-mail, chatrooms, blogging, and social networking sites —to threaten, insult, harass, spread rumors, and impersonate others. 

Harassment covers a wide range of behaviors of an offensive nature. It is commonly understood as behavior that disturbs or upsets, and it is characteristically repetitive and unwanted. In the legal sense, it is behavior that appears to be threatening or disturbing.

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual behavior, including words or actions, unwanted attention, advances, or offers of/for a sexual nature.

It is critically important for our students to communicate with adults on the campus when there are issues or concerns. Please speak with an adult for interactions of concern - we are here to support students! It may be helpful to first complete this Concern Reporting form to seek help from a school staff member.