Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB)

Definition of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying:

"Harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any intentionally written message or image -including those that are electronically transmitted -verbal, or physical act, including, but not limited to, one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:

  • Physically harms a student or damages the student's property.

  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education;

  • Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that

    it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment;

  • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Conflict vs. Bullying - What's the difference?

Conflict is a disagreement or argument in which both sides express their views.

  • Equal power between those involved

  • Generally stop and change their behavior when they realize it is hurting someone.

  • Remorse -take responsibility

  • Is a natural part of human relationships

Bullying is negative behavior directed by someone exerting power and control over another person.

  • The goal is to hurt, harm, or humiliate.

  • Person bullying has more power.*

  • Continue behavior when they realize it is hurting someone.

  • No remorse -no effort to solve a


*"Power" can mean the person bullying is older, bigger, stronger, or more popular.

Bullying occurs in many different forms, with varying levels of severity. It may involve:

  • Physical Bullying: poking, pushing,

    hitting, kicking, beating up

  • Verbal Bullying: yelling, taunting, name­calling, insulting, threatening to harm

  • Relational Bullying: excluding, spreading rumors, getting others to hurt someone

  • Cyberbullying: Sending hurtful messages or images by Internet or cell phone


Cyberbullying is a type of bullying that happens online or through text messages or emails.

  • Always think about what you post. You never know what someone will forward. Being kind to others online will help to

    keep you safe. Do not share anything that could hurt or embarrass anyone.

  • Keep your password a secret from other kids. Even kids that seem like a friend,

    they could give your password away or use it in ways you don't want.

  • Talk with your child about safe and

    responsible use of the Internet and

    cell phone, and about the dangers of


  • Most of all, encourage them to tell you

    if they are being cyberbullied or if they know others who are.

Things to watch for...

  • Unexplained damage or loss of clothing and other personal items

  • Evidence of physical abuse, such as bruises and scratches

  • Loss of friends

  • Reluctance to participate in activities with peers

  • Loss of interest in favorite activities

  • Unusually sad, moody, anxious, lonely, or depressed

  • Problems eating, sleeping,

  • Headaches, stomachaches, or other physical complaints

  • A decline in school achievement

  • Thoughts of suicide

Stop bullying

Other ways you can report HIB:

Email: 1248@alert1.us

Call or Text: 360-799-5414

For emergencies, please call 911

What to do if you're bullied...

Look at the person bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice.

If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away. Don't fight back. Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.

Tips for students:

  • Stay away from bullies

  • Tell someone

  • Avoid bad situations

  • Make friends

  • Project confidence

Bystanders can:

  • Speak Up

  • Stand Up

  • Go tell someone

    Your involvement makes a difference

Staff training

All Staff receive annual HIB training.

Bullying Prevention Resources

Non-Discrimination Statement

Marysville School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  

The following Marysville School District employees/departments are designated to address questions and complaints of discrimination:

  • Civil Rights: Dr. Courtney Hill, Executive Director of Equity and Family Engagement; courtney_hill@msd25.org; 360-965-0008

  • Gender Inclusivity: Dr. Courtney Hill, Executive Director of Equity and Family Engagement; courtney_hill@msd25.org; 360-965-0008

  • Harassment, Intimidation, & Bullying

  • Title IX: Claudette Rushing, General Counsel/Executive Director of Legal and Risk Management; claudette_rushing@msd25.org; 360-965-0020

  • Section 504 and ADA: Dr. Michelle Roper, Executive Director of Special Education and Student Services; michelle_roper@msd25.org; 360-965-0174

Discrimination and discriminatory harassment may be reported to any school staff member or the district employee/department listed above by phone at (360) 965-0000.  You also have the right to file a written complaint.   Address: 4220 80th Street NE, Marysville, WA 98270.  

Policies that address these issues are 3210 “Non-Discrimination,” 5010 “Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action,” 3205 “Sexual Harassment of Students Prohibited,” 3207 “Prohibition of  Harassment Intimidation and Bullying,” 3211 “Gender-Inclusive Schools” and 2162 “Education of Students with Disabilities Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973”.  These Policies are available online at www.msd25.org at your school or the District’s Educational Service Center at 4220 80th Street NE, Marysville, WA, 98270.