Statement on Bullying

Chelmsford Youth Basketball League (CYBL)

CYBL is taking a strong stand against bullying.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71 Section 37O (M.G.L. c. 71 §37O) is clear in its definition of bullying and expectations of coaches and students/players.

CYBL will adhere to the guidelines set by M.G.L. c. 71 §37O.

Discipline for infractions will follow CYBL discipline guidelines.

If you wish to see additional information on the law, the Chelmsford Public Schools Web site has valuable information, including a link to law, or you may contact the President or Vice President of CYBL directly.

Also, you can click on the following link to review the full text of M.G.L. c. 71 §37O.

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DEFINITIONS

Aggressor is a student who engages in bullying, Cyberbullying or retaliation.

Bullying: as defined in M.G.L. c. 71 §370, is repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target that:

  1. causes physical or emotional harm to himself or herself or to damage  to his or her property
  2. places the target in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself  or of damage to his or her property
  3. creates a hostile environment
  4. infringes on the rights of the target; or
  5. material and substantially disrupts the education (athletic) process or the orderly operation of the school (team)

Cyberbullying: is bullying through the use of technology or electronic devices such as telephones, cell phones, computers and the internet.  It includes, but is not limited to, email, instant messages and internet postings.  See MGL c. 71 §370 for the legal definition of Cyberbullying. 

Hostile environment, as defined in M.G.L. c. 71 §370, is a situation in which bullying causes the environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of a student’s education.

Retaliation: is any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment directed against a student/player who reports bullying, provides information during investigation of bullying or witness or has reliable information about bullying.

Staff: includes but is not limited to, educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, coaches, advisors, support staff or paraprofessionals

Target: is a student against whom the bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation has been perpetrated