Bullying is not acceptable at Carle Auditory Oral School, and is contrary to state law and the policy of the non-sectarian school and is consistent with subsection (a-5) of this Section [free exercise of religion]. Per 105 ILCS 5/27-23.7, bullying includes cyberbullying and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
- Placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student or students’ person or property
- Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student or students’ physical or mental health
- Substantially interfering with the student or students’ academic performance or substantially interfering with the student or students’ ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
The statute further states that bullying may take various forms, including without limitation one or more of the following: harassment, threats, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying. This list is meant to be illustrative and non-exhaustive.