Student Harrassment, Bullying, and Hazing
TFS is to be free of discrimination and inappropriate and unlawful harassment. Actions, words, threats, jokes or comments based on an individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, age, or religion may be illegal and are certainly inappropriate in a Catholic environment. Bullying, which has become common even in the younger grades in many schools, is addressed directly and is not tolerated. Hazing (“to harass by banter, ridicule or criticism” or “to play abusive or humiliating tricks” (Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Edition) is grounds for suspension or expulsion from TFS.
Cyber bullying is an increasingly common form of bullying, and may include postings to MySpace and blogs. Inasmuch as these off-campus behaviors impact the health and well-being of the daytime educational community, TFS may intercede in such cases, enlisting parents as partners to combat such hurtful and, in the case of written threats, unlawful behaviors.