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LEGAL DEFINITION OF HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION OR BULLYING


Definition from NJSA: 18A:37-14: "Harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either 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, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds as provided for in section 16 of P.L.2010, c.122 (C.18A:37-15.3), that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students and that:

a. a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person or damage to his property;

b. has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or

c. creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student's education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.

L.2002, c.83, s.2; amended 2007, c.129, s.1; 2010, c.122, s.11.


IN ORDER TO HAVE HIB WE MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING:
 
1. MOTIVATION: Reasonably perceived as being motivated …by any…distinguishing characteristic AND

2. NEXUS: Substantially disrupted or interfered with orderly operation of school or rights of other students AND

3. HARM: One or more of the following:
a. EXPECTATION OF HARM: Offender knew action would physically or emotionally harm victim or damage victim’s property OR

b. EXPECTATION OF HARM: Victim feared physical or emotional harm or damage to personal property OR

c. ACTUAL HARM: Insulted or demeaned student or group OR

d. ACTUAL HARM: Created hostile educational environment by doing one or both of the following:
                             i.      Interfering with student’s education OR
                            ii.      Severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm


RPS Anti-Bullying Specialist Contact Information 2017-18

Anti-Bullying District Coordinator, Stacie Poelstra

  Phone: 201-670-2700, ext. 10532

Email: spoelstra@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: The Education Center
49 Cottage Place
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
 
 

Benjamin Franklin Middle School (Grade 6), Lara Sheer

  Phone: 201-670-2700, ext. 30556
  Email: lsheer@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: Benjamin Franklin Middle School
335 North Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

Benjamin Franklin Middle School (Grade 7), Meredith Wearley

  Phone:
201-670-2700, ext. 30559
  Email: mwearley@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: Benjamin Franklin Middle School
335 North Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

Benjamin Franklin Middle School (Grade 8), David Tashian

  Phone: 201-670-2700, ext. 30555
  Email: dtashian@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: Benjamin Franklin Middle School
335 North Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

George Washington Middle School (Godwin House), Michael Mullin

  Phone: 201-670-2700, ext. 40557
  Email: mmullin@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: George Washington Middle School
155 Washington Place
Ridgewood, NJ  07451
     

George Washington Middle School (Monroe House), David Pfeiffer 

  Phone: 201-670-2700, ext. 40556
  Email: dpheiffer@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: George Washington Middle School
155 Washington Place
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

Glen School (Infant/Toddler Development Center), Lisa Kontos

  Phone: 201-670-2700, ext. 60502
  Email: lkontos@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: Glen School (Infant/Toddler Development Center)
865 Glen Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

Glen School (Ridgewood Early Development Program), Karen Price

  Phone: 201-670-2700, ext. 60501
  Email: kprice@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: Glen School (Ridgewood Early Development Program)
865 Glen Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

Hawes Elementary School, Jane Gerald

  Phone: 201-670-2720
  Email: jgerald@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: Hawes Elementary School
531 Stevens Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

Orchard Elementary School, Stephanie McAloon 

  Phone: 201-670-2730
  Email: smcaloon@ridgewood.k12.nj.us 
  Address: Orchard Elementary School
230 Demarest Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

Ridge Elementary School, Stephanie McAloon

  Phone: 201-670-2740
  Email: smcaloon@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: Ridge Elementary School
325 West Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

Ridgewood High School, Elizabeth O'Brien

  Phone: 201-670-2700, ext. 20568
  Email: eobrien@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: Ridgewood High School
627 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

Ridgewood High School, David Bailey 

  Phone:  201-670-2700, ext. 20561
  Email: dbailey@ridgewood.k12.nj.us 
  Address: Ridgewood High School
627 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

Ridgewood High School, Meredith Yannone

  Phone:  201-670-2700 ext. 20567
  Email: mlyannone@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: Ridgewood High School
627 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

Ridgewood High School, Margaret Schaefer

  Phone: 201-670-2700, ext. 20569
  Email: mschaefer@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: Ridgewood High School
627 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

Somerville Elementary School, Jane Gerald

  Phone: 201-670-2750 
  Email: jgerald@ridgewood.k12.nj.us
  Address: Somerville Elementary School
45 South Pleasant Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
     

Travell Elementary School, Susan Fink

  Phone: 201-670-2760
  Email: sfink@ridgewood.k12.nj.us 
  Address: Travell Elementary School
340 Bogert Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451 
     

Willard Elementary School, Susan Fink 

  Phone:  201-670- 2770
  Email:  sfink@ridgewood.k12.nj.us 
  Address:  Willard Elementary School
601 Morningside Road
Ridgewood, NJ 07451 



 Phone:
 Phone:
201-670-2700, ext. 40557
201-670-2700, ext. 40557
Ridgewood High School
627 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 0745
Ridgewood High School
627 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 0745