Student Services » 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.
Bullying Stops Here Picture
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.



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.

Additional Bullying Resources & Programs
Florida Department of Education: Safe Schools
The Office of Safe Schools serves to promote and support safe learning environments by addressing issues of student safety and academic success on state, district, and school levels. Schools that implement school safety measures, drug prevention programs, and positive school climate that promote caring relationships either directly or indirectly facilitate rising student academic achievement.
Netsmartz Workshops
A program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Stomp Out Bullying
A not-for-profit devoted to shifting the culture for all students. The organization efforts are to “reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying and other digital abuse.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA) reminds our country of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child while providing the best tools for parents to help their children be successful students.