Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying Reporting

  • What is the law?
    In 2010 the Legislature amended and added to Washington State’s anti-bullying law. For an action to be considered bullying, it needs to meet the following definition:

    Harassment, intimidation, or bullying means any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated because of his or her perception of the victim's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, or sensory handicap or other distinguishing characteristics, when the intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act:

    • Physically harms a student or damages the student's property; or 
    • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education; or 
    • Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or 
    • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

    How do I report bullying?
    If you believe your child is being subjected to behavior that meets the definition of harassment, intimidation or bullying stated above:

    1. Contact your school's principal.
    2. Talk to a trusted adult (teacher, counselor, office staff, etc.) at school.
    3. Report through the district's SafeSchools Alert Tip Line

    4. Obtain a copy of the district's anti-bullying policy and procedures located at the bottom of this page.

    What if my complaint is not adequately addressed by the school?
    If you feel the school has not adequately addressed the issues, file a written complaint with the district compliance officer.

    Shawn Stevenson, Deputy Superintendent
    Resource and Service Center
    1601 Avenue D
    Snohomish, WA 98290

    Reference documents