HCPSS has taken a strong stand against bullying with a goal to eradicate bullying. No act of bullying in Howard County schools will be ignored. Unfortunately, bullying is a reality that lives within the hallways of our schools and one that we must root out once and for all. We know that those who are bullied may experience depression, anxiety, sadness and loneliness. They can suffer from changes in sleep and eating patterns and loss of interest in activities that they typically enjoy. Children who have suffered through bullying have gone so far as to injure themselves and even take their own life.
In October 2013 the State of Maryland enacted Grace’s Law, making repeated, malicious cyber-abuse of a minor a criminal offense. Cyberbullying is now against the law and violators can be fined, jailed or both. This law was championed by Christine McComas who has been a tireless proponent of anti-bullying efforts. Christine’s daughter, Grace, tragically succumbed to the mental anguish caused by cyberbullying and took her own life.
If you are experiencing bullying, say something. If you have witnessed bullying, say something! Find a trusted adult such as a parent, teacher, guidance counselor, coach or mentor. You may also report bullying incidents online by using the form provided below.
HCPSS, students and community joined together to ensure that Howard County schools and communities are bully-free zones. Read more in this press release.
We recognize that creating a safe learning environment is a critical part of helping each child achieve academic success. Incidences of bullying may be reported using the printable form below or through HCPSS Sprigeo, an online reporting system.
Report via printable reporting form
Completed forms should be submitted to an administrator in person, by mail or electronically by e-mail. The administrator will investigate within 2 school days of receiving the form and implement corrective actions as outlined on the BHI Incident School Investigation Form and the Student Code of Conduct.
Report online through HCPSS Sprigeo
HCPSS uses Sprigeo, an online form to report bullying and other unsafe behaviors. Incidences that have happened to you or that you have witnessed can be reported anytime and anywhere using the Sprigeo reporting system. The intention of this reporting system is to create an ease of access for reporting bullying and to allow families to report these incidences that occur throughout the school system.
All information sent through the Sprigeo system goes directly to selected central office staff who will then send the report to our administrators through a secure online connection.
- To report incidences, visit: http://report.sprigeo.com.
How does the Sprigeo system work?
After completing the Sprigeo reporting form and clicking the “submit” button, the report details are sent in a secure email to selected central office staff who will then send the report to our administrators through a secure online connection. Over 90% of students include their name when using the Sprigeo system. However, reports can be made anonymously.
Does the school system receive false reports?
Over 95% of reports sent through the Sprigeo system have been confirmed as authentic requests for help with a bullying incident or school safety incident. Unlike text messages or Facebook posts that can be shared among students, all Sprigeo reports are viewable only by selected central office staff and school administrators, minimizing the impact one student has to falsely accuse or abuse another student.
Why is there a need for an online reporting system?
The number one reason why children do not report bullying or abuse is the fear of retaliation from their peers. The Sprigeo reporting form can be accessed from the privacy of a home computer or other internet equipped device, eliminating the possibility of being identified by another student.