Bullying means any written or verbal expression, or physical act or gesture, or a pattern thereof that is intended to cause distress upon one or more students in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated school bus stop, or at school activities or sanctioned events. Consequences for bullying may fall into any of the disciplinary categories depending upon the severity of the violation. The administration reserves the right to suspend or expel students who engage in this behavior.