Bully Reporting at MHS
Bullying is a serious issue. Mulberry High School is working to make our school a haven for all of our students, where they can feel safe in reporting physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, and cyber bullying.
Parents may call or email the Assistant Principal, Lori Leverett, or the Dean of Students, Jerri Gable. Ms. Leverett handles students in the 9th grade, while Mr. Gable handles those students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades.
Students may report any type of bullying by talking with Ms. Leverett or Mr. Gable at any time.
By working together, we can make our schools and community a safe haven for all stakeholders.
What is the Jeffrey Johnston Act?
An act relating to school safety; creating s. 1006.147 F.S.; providing a short title; prohibiting bullying and harassment of any student or employee of a public K-12 educational institution; providing minimum requirements for the contents of the policy; requiring the Department of Education to develop a model policy; providing immunity; providing restrictions with respect to defense of an action and application of the section; requiring department approval of a school district's policy and school district compliance with reporting procedures as prerequisites to receipt of safe schools funds; requiring a report on implementation; providing for construction; providing for severability; providing an effective date.
Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: Section 1. Section 1006.147, Florida Statutes, is created to read: 1006.147 Bullying and harassment prohibited.
Effective December 1, 2008, all schools must have the following in place: Reporting System, Investigation Procedures, Action Plan.
Why the new law is good for schools:
- Better climate
- Lower referral rate
- Higher attendance rate (15% related to bullying)