Bullying & Harassment
As a safe and respectful learning community within in the Washoe County School District, we at McQueen recognize our important role to play in the prevention of bullying, cyber-bullying and harssment. We encourage you to report incidents of bullying, cyberbullying and harassment, and our school has various methods to do this. We will make every effort to investigate the allegation, install remedies, use prevention efforts and offer interventions and supports to your child(ren).
"Bullying" vs. "Conflict"
It is important to understand the difference between bullying and conflict. Conflict is a normal part of life. Learning to deal with conflict will help children learn the social skills they will need as adults. When peer conflict occurs, both people involved have equal power in the relationship. While both people may be upset and emotional, neither is seeking power or attention. When people experience conflict, they generally feel remorse and take responsibility for what they did wrong. In other words, they want to solve the problem so they can start having fun again. Also, conflict happens occasionally and is usually not serious or emotionally damaging to either person.
Bullying is generally deliberate, unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power and is designed to hurt, insult or threaten another person. Bullying is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time; pervasive or widespread; or can be a single severe physical act. An imbalance of power, such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity, is used to control or harm others.
Please Help Us in Protecting Our Kids - How to Report Suspected Bullying & Harassment
- Call our school at 775-746-5880 and connect with our Student Relations Office, or your student's counselor.
- Report verbally to any WCSD staff member. Such reports will be forwarded to the appropriate school administrator.
- Report online at www.wcsdbullying.com.
- Notify school police at 775-348-0285.
- Contact the district's Head of Counseling, Katherine Loudon, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 775-850-8011.