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Child Abuse Reporting Information & Resources


Bullying
 
The School District of DeSoto County does not tolerate bullying in any form. The district expects students to conduct themselves in keeping with their levels of development, maturity, and demonstrated capabilities with 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 and equipment.

Bullying occurs when a person or group of people hurts, embarrasses, or frightens another person on purpose over and over again.

“Bullying” is defined as systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one (1) or more students or employees. It is any unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by an adult or student, 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: Unwanted teasing or taunting; Threats; Intimidation; Stalking; Cyberstalking; Physical violence; Theft; Sexual, religious, or racial harassment; Public humiliation; Hazing; Destruction of property; or Social exclusion.
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Characteristics of Bullying
• Intentional
• Unprovoked
• Reoccurring
• Difference in power (either physical or psychological)

Types of Bullying
• Physical – pushing, shoving, tripping, hitting, etc.
• Verbal – racist, sexist, or bigoted remarks, teasing, threats, etc.
• Psychological/Relational – intimidation, spreading rumors, exclusion, etc.
• Cyber – electronic bullying through text messaging, instant messaging or social media.

REPORT A BULLY

 

How to Report a Bully
Telephone (863) 993-1504, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
CLICK HERE to complete an online form.

 

If you are being bullied, know someone who is being bullied or know of a person or group who is bullying others, please submit a report.

 

The Report a Bully system is now available for students, parents and grandparents who are concerned about bullying and the effects of bullying. Twenty-four hours each day the system is a line of communication to work with children and their families to positively change the behavior of bullies and their victims.

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Child Abuse & Neglect
 

Reporting Child Abuse

 

The Florida Abuse Hotline, (800) 96-ABUSE, accepts reports 24 hours a day and 7 days a week of known or suspected child abuse, neglect, or abandonment and reports of known or suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

 

Reporting options include:                                                                                        

  1. By Telephone 1-800-96ABUSE  800-962-2873
  2. By Faxing the linked form to 800-914-0004:  https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/abuse-hotline/docs/faxreport.pdf
  3. Florida Relay 711
  4. By TTY 800-955-8771
  5. Web Reporting https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us

The preferred option to report child abuse and neglect is to call (800) 96-ABUSE and talk directly to an Abuse Hotline counselor. This option must be used in all cases of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation that involve emergency situations.

 

Additional Information & Resources:

Child Abuse Prevention

Abuse Hotline Frequently Asked Questions

Resources and Useful Links