Bully Prevention Information
Our students’ ability to learn and grow in a safe and supportive environment is one of our top priorities. This includes making sure schools are free from harassment, bullying and discrimination.
This website information linked below provides resources to help parents, students and employees make sure our schools are bullying-free environments. It is important for everyone in our district to recognize bullying when they see it and know what to do to end it.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is an ongoing act that is done on purpose and that gives power to the person bullying while taking it away from the victim.
Individuals Involved in Bullying:
- The Person Demonstrating Problem Behavior: They can be anyone who uses physical, verbal, cyber or relational means to hurt others
- The Victim: They can be any age, race, size or socio-economic status. These are usually children who have low self-confidence, may be different in some way, and may seem sad or depressed to their classmates.
- The Bystander: They can be the most important of all because they have the choice to either encourage or stop the problem behavior they see happening. Bystanders may choose to watch or even encourage the behavior. They can also to help by saying stop or getting adult help.
Types of Bullying:
- Physical Bullying: Physical bullying can include pushing, hitting, kicking fighting, and any other kind of physical abuse. It is also the most visible form of bullying.
- Verbal Bullying: The old adage, “Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me” is simply not true. Words do hurt. Verbal bullying can include name calling, yelling, teasing, insulting, and threatening.
- Relational Bullying: Relational bullying includes ignoring, spreading rumors, excluding, telling lies, and getting others to hurt someone.
- Cyber-bullying: Cyber-bullying can involve sending or posting hurtful, embarrassing or threatening messages through text, email, or social websites (such as Facebook). Cyber-bullying is especially dangerous because it has the potential to reach large numbers of people.