Ensuring Student Welfare and Safety
St. Anthony School adheres to the Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools Policies to ensure students' welfare and safety. The policy defines the behaviors that qualify as harassment, intimidation or bullying (HIB), it dictates:
“Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means (1) any intentionally written message or image – including those that are electronically transmitted – (2) verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when the message, image, or act:
A. Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property;
B. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education;
C. Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
D. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school."
According to Washington State law, actions which are intentional, repeated, negative, show a lack of empathy, and a power imbalance is considered bullying.