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Zero Tolerance to Violence


Harassment/Discrimination is intimidation by threats of or acts of physical violence or the expression of hatred, contempt, or prejudice toward an individual for any reason. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and/or physical behavior of a sexual nature.

Harassment/Discrimination of any type is not permitted. A student has the right to attend school free from harassment and should not be subjected to discrimination for any reason. Schools will strive to ensure that these rights are protected and that offenders receive appropriate consequences.


The use of lewd, profane, or vulgar language is prohibited. In addition, students shall not engage in such behaviors as hazing, bullying, menacing, taunting, intimidating, verbal or physical abuse of others, or making threats. This policy extends to any/all student language or behavior including, but not limited to, the use of electronic or online methods (otherwise known as cyberbullying). Such behavior is disruptive to the educational process and interferes with the ability of other students to take advantage of the educational opportunities offered.

These provisions shall not be interpreted to prohibit civil exchange of opinions or debate protected under the state or federal constitutions where the opinion expressed does not otherwise materially or substantially disrupt the education process or intrude upon the rights of others.

Students who violate this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

Aggressive Behavior

Aggressive behavior includes fighting, intimidating, threatening, committing terroristic threatening, or harassing students and/or staff; making bomb threats; vandalizing; stealing; and falsely activating a fire alarm or committing arson when others are not present.

Assaultive Behavior

Assaultive behavior includes assaulting another student, intimidating through violence, practicing exhibitionism (exposing genitals, pubic area, buttocks, or female breasts--KRS 531.300 [4d]), and sexually harassing another student and/or a staff member.

Alternative Placement Offenses

Alternative placement offenses include fighting/striking school personnel, committing terroristic threatening, trafficking/distributing drugs, extorting, robbing, sexually assaulting, making bomb threats, possessing or transferring a deadly weapon, using a dangerous instrument as defined by the Criminal Code of Kentucky (includes look-alike weapons), and committing arson with others present.

Removal From the Classroom

School administrators, teachers, or other school personnel may immediately remove or cause to be removed threatening or violent students from a classroom setting, pending any further disciplinary action that may occur. Each school will be responsible for developing a procedure(s) for the immediate removal of threatening or violent students from a classroom setting. Each school shall submit the procedure(s) to the superintendent/designee for review and approval. School employees are responsible for implementing the procedure(s) that has been reviewed and approved by the superintendent/designee.

(From the Jefferson County Public Schools [JCPS] Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline and the Student Bill of Rights)