Part of feeling safe at school also means feeling safe outside of school.
A fellow student may not bully you on campus, but if he/she bullies you off campus, or online, your safety in school is compromised. In cases such as these, let your school know exactly what is happening. Print out proof and bring it in.
Legally, because the bullying is happening off campus, a school may be limited in how far they can extend their influence. But, if your school has a code of conduct policy, in all likelihood, such bullying will violate that code of conduct and therefore the school can take action. At the very least, many schools can act as a conduit in bringing awareness to the parents about what is occurring in a student’s life. If you only know a person through school contact, and that person is bullying you off campus, then the school should be informed and the school can decide how involved they wish to be.
That involvement can vary. Some schools, pressed for time and resources, can often be very “hands off” when it comes to anything that happens off campus. Often, schools will say that if it happens off-campus, it is not their responsibility. As a result, parental involvement is often of paramount importance when dealing with cyber-bullying. Keeping communities and schools safe is a group effort. Make sure you at least communicate to your school what is happening and voice your opinion on what you think is the right thing for your school to do.
Post Question: What do you think? What responsibility does a school have in events such as cyber-bullying that take place off campus but affect you on campus?