In Maryland's public schools, if you feel that you are being bullied, you have the right to report your concerns and the school has the responsibility to investigate those concerns.
Talking with School Staff: Here are some helpful suggestions and questions.
Ask your teacher, counselor, or administrator if you can speak privately about a confidential matter.
1. Tell the adult what is making you uncomfortable and what you would like to see happen.
2. Ask for a Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form; complete the form, give it to an administrator (Assistant Principal, Principal) and, if you wish, ask for a copy.
3. Ask the administrator when he/she expects to investigate your concerns.
4. Provide the names of witnesses of the incident.
5. If an incident occurs in an unstructured area, ask what the school will do to make you feel safe.
6. Ask the administrator to meet with you to develop a plan of support as soon as possible.
7. Tell your parents and ask them to attend a planning meeting at your school.
8. If you're being bullied on a social media site, save the conversations to share with your parents, law enforcement (if police are involved), and the school administration if the matter carries into the school.
9. Change your password, use privacy settings, and block people from your page who are sending negative messages or texts.
Remember, reporting bullying is not snitching; it is reporting that will keep you and others safe.
Elementary or Middle School
Ask your teacher, counselor, or administrator if you can talk with them about a personal problem.
1. Tell the adult what is happening, where it occurs, who is involved, and how long it has been going on.
2. Ask to complete a Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form or for the teacher to write your concerns on the form.
3. Ask for a meeting between your parents and the school.
4. Share your information – all of it.
5. Tell how you know the people bullying you and if you were ever friends with them.
6. Tell the adult the names of classmates who saw the incident.
7. Ask the adult what he/she is going to do and how soon it will happen.
8. Tell your parents about the problem as soon as you get home.
Remember, reporting bullying is not tattling; it is helping to keep you and others safe.