Hate Motivated Behavior

Lucerne Elementary School District is committed to protect the right of every student to be free from hate-motivated behavior and will promote harmonious relationships among students so as to enable them to gain a true understanding of the civil rights and social responsibilities of people in society.  The district prohibits discriminatory behavior or statements that degrade an individual on the basis of his/her actual or perceived race, ethnicity, culture, heritage, gender, sex, sexual orientation, physical/mental attributes, or religious beliefs or practices.

Hate-motivated incidents and crimes jeopardize both the safety and well-being of all students and staff. Current law requires school districts to document and report any and all hate-motivated incidents and crimes to permit the development of effective programs and techniques to combat crime on school campuses.

The District does not tolerate hate-motivated incidents/crimes based on the actual or perceived characteristics set forth in Penal Code 422.5, Education Code 220 and actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, ethnic group identification, ancestry, nationality, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, age, or on the basis of a person's association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, in any program or activity it conducts or to which it provides significant assistance.

A hate-motivated incident is an act or attempted act which constitutes an expression of hostility against a person, property, or institution because of the targets real or perceived protected characteristics. This may include using bigoted insults, taunts, or slurs, distributing or posting hate group literature or posters, defacing, removing, or destroying posted materials or announcements, posting or circulating demeaning jokes or leaflets, or sending insulting or threatening messages by phone, e-mail, Web sites, or any other electronic or written communication.

A hate-motivated crime is a hate-motivated incident that has been investigated by law enforcement and determined to be criminal in nature and a violation of the law. This includes any criminal action that manifests evidence of hostility toward the target because of his or her actual or perceived protected characteristics. Such action includes, but is not limited to, threatening telephone calls, hate mail, physical assault, vandalism, cross burning, destruction of religious symbols, or fire bombings. This also includes threats or hate mail sent by electronic communication.

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