By: Francisco Diaz, The Laredo Sun
"We have to protect the rights of victims, but also respect the rights of those who commit the act. It is necessary to establish a balance and resolve each case from both perspectives," she said.
The district's website is a way for parents or students report any bullying anonymously and find a way to resolve the problem
"We have staff that is responsible for following up on these complaints, give notice to school principals and counselors to help counsel victims and perpetrators of bullying," she said.
She stressed that retaliation is prohibited against persons who report bullying. The LISD policy explains that those who provide false reports or refuse to cooperate in an investigation.
Castillon asked those who are victims or know someone in that situation to report it as soon as possible to a teacher, counselor or principal or district employee.
During the investigation, if it is determined that there was some kind of harassment, school district personnel will notify the parents of the victim and the bully's parents.
"Disciplinary measures are taken based on the code of conduct of the school district and may include special treatment for counseling who those that commit the bullying to try to avoid doing it again," she said.
When a student disagrees with the outcome of an investigation, they may appeal and request a review. She stressed that in any case, the state law already allows a harassed student to be transferred to another classroom or another school and the same decision may be taken against the perpetrators of bullying.
Edited by: C.R.