Bullying other people is in very poor taste, and Hackett Catholic Prep takes a clear stance in not tolerating any such nonsense. There are a few different types of bullying that can take place in high school: physical, verbal, emotional, and cyber (these may overlap).
Physical bullying/fighting is rarely ever a problem at Hackett. In lieu of the adrenaline-pumping brawls provided by some local public institutions, Hackett’s halls and classrooms are graced with a long-standing peace among students. As the Parent Student Handbook aims to establish, it is a “safe and nurturing environment for all students.”
Verbal and emotional incidents do occur from time to time, and are most often addressed by our guidance counselor, Mrs. Ulbrich. When interviewed about this, she was clear about not wanting to use the term bullying, and said that “Yes, I do have students who come to see me to discuss issues they have with other students in the building, we discuss ways of coping with the behavior, as well as conflict resolution skills.”
Cyberbullying is always a hot topic in the age of social media. Arguments range from maximum punishment to “just turn your phone off.” However, many situations cause real-world consequences, so Hackett has adopted a very strict policy in dealing with cyberbullying, which is defined as: “Any social media post on a public forum that is used to embarrass, belittle, harass, intimidate, or defame the name, image, or likeness of any member of the Hackett Community.”
With this in mind, it is important to note that the poster is not the only person subject to the wrath of Mr. Scoles. As per the handbook, “Any other Hackett student(s) who share, comment, ‘like’, or in some other manner electronically contribute to the violating post shall be subject to the same disciplinary action.” It may sound like a bluff, but students need to always be aware of what posts they come across so as to avoid catching strays.
Punishment for cyberbullying is currently set to a minimum of one in-school suspension. In addition to public posts, private texts and group chats can also count as cyberbullying. For example, a past student once made very bad threats in a group chat that got the whole school shut down during exam week. He then spent a long time suspended– always think before hitting send, even during exams.
Hackett is equipped to deal with all these issues that arise between students. From the heroic actions of Mrs. Ulbrich to the “no prisoners” approach of the handbook, bullying is not tolerated. It’s up to students to build their own character.