• CCSD Anti-bullying Information and Resources

    Charleston County School District is taking a stand against bullying. Our stance is simple:

    Charleston County ​School District believes in a safe learning environment for all students; therefore, we will not tolerate bullying in any form.

    What is Bullying?

    Bullying is defined as a deliberate, repeated act with intention to hurt, insult or threaten another person in school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, or at school events. Bullying consists of an imbalance of power.

    Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying - CCSD Policy JICFAA

    The board prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of a student by students, staff, and third parties that interfere with or disrupt a student's ability to learn and the school's responsibility to educate its students in a safe and orderly environment whether in a classroom, on school premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, at an official school bus stop, at a school-sponsored 
    activity or event whether or not it is held on school premises, or at another program or function where the school is responsible for the student. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying is defined as a gesture, electronic communication, or a written, verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual act reasonably perceived to have the effect of any of the following:

    • Harming a student physically or emotionally, or damaging a student's 
      property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of personal harm or 
      property damage
    • Insulting or demeaning a student or group of students causing substantial 
      disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the 
    • Demonstrates motivation by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as 
      race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, 
      gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical, or sensory disability,
      or by any other distinguishing characteristic

    The board expects students to conduct themselves in an orderly, courteous, dignified, and respectful manner. Students have a responsibility to know and respect the policies, rules, and regulations of the school and District. Any student who is found to have engaged in the prohibited actions as outlined in this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. Individuals 
    may also be referred to law enforcement officials. The District shall take all other appropriate steps to correct or rectify the situation.

    Signs a Child is Being Bullied

    Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs. Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

    • Unexplainable injuries
    • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
    • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
    • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
    • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
    • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
    • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
    • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
    • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

    What to Do

    If You Are Being Bullied

    • Tell an adult that you trust.
    • Do not show anger or fear.
    • Calmly tell the bully to stop or say nothing
      and walk way.
    • Avoid situations where bullying is likely
      to happen.


    • Don’t encourage the bully by laughing or
      joining in.
    • If you feel safe, tell the bully to stop!
    • Encourage the person who was bullied to talk to someone they trust about what happened.

    If you are being bullied, know someone who is being bullied, or know of a person or group who is bullying others, please call the  CCSD Bullying Prevention Hotline at 877-250-2790, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Bullying Protocol Process Flowchart

    Bullying Brochure

    CCSD's Folleto para Padres sobre Anti-Intimidación

    CCSD's Bullying Tip Line Flyer

    CCSD's Línea de Prevención para la Intimidación

    Additional Resources

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website: www.stopbullying.gov

    Teen Line, a help line operated by and for teens: www.teenlineonline.org

    ​PACER's National Bullying Precention Center: www.pacer.org/bullying