HIB Information

HIB DEFINITION

New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Right’s defines HIB as follows:

Harassment, intimidation or bullying means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any school sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds as provided for in section 16 of P.L.2010, c.122 (C.18A:37-15.3), that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students and that:

  1. a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person or damage to his property;
  2. has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or
  3. creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student

FORMS OF HIB

HIB can take many forms. Examples include:

  • Verbal: name-calling, teasing, put downs.
  • Social: spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships.
  • Physical: hitting, punching, shoving.
  • Cyberbullying: using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others

Alleged HIB Incident Report Form A

Anti-Bullying Resources

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Sterling High School HIB Grade


HIB Specialist/Student Assistance Coordinator:
MaryJo Eppright, MSW, LCSW
HIB Specialist
meppright@sterling.k12.nj.us
(856) 784-1333, ext. 4164
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H.I.B. STAFF/PERSONNEL: 
DISTRICT ANTI-BULLYING COORDINATOR:

Jim McCullough, Director of Secondary Education
jmccullough@sterling.k12.nj.us
(856) 784-1333, ext. 4444
*Responsible for coordinating and strengthening the school district’s policies to prevent, identify, and address H.I.B.; collaborates with the school Anti-Bullying Specialist; collaborates with the Principal and Superintendent to provide data to the Department of Education regarding student incidents of H.I.B.

DISTRICT ANTI-BULLYING SPECIALISTS:

MaryJo Eppright, MSW, LCSW, HIB Specialist
meppright@sterling.k12.nj.us
(856) 784-1333, ext. 4164
*Responsible for leading the investigation of incidents of H.I.B.; chairs the School Safety Team; acts as the primary school official responsible for preventing , identifying, and addressing incidents of H.I.B.

SCHOOL SAFETY TEAM:

Ptl. Kevin Smith, School Resource Officer
Mr. Sean Redman, Vice Principal
Mrs. Robynn Considine, Vice Principal
Mr. Jim McCullough, Director of Secondary Education
Mrs. Tara Eberly, Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Karen Hoffman, Teacher
Mrs. Emily Caracciolo, Teacher
Mrs. Stacey Masino, Nurse
Mr. Dan Riley, Teacher
Mrs. Stacy Diduch, School Psychologist
Mrs. Patrice Litle, Counselor
Student Representative (Senior)

*Formed to develop, foster, and maintain a positive school climate in order to prevent and address incidents of H.I.B.; receive any complaints/reports of H.I.B.; identify and address patterns of H.I.B.; participate in training and professional development relating to H.I.B., and other duties as assigned by the School Principal or Anti-Bullying Coordinator.