Where are the bully zones at your school? Map them in red. Where are the safe zones? Map them in blue. Then watch this short video “Students Map Bully Zones to Create a Safer School http://bit.ly/JrvPpn 8:09 By observing how the students in the video raise awareness about bullying in their school, you may consider your own school climate around bullying and open the conversation about how to create a safer school.

 

What is the definition of a bully? Someone who, either alone or with the help of others, using actions or words, hurts another person who cannot, because of physical or social reasons, defend herself or himself.

What can I, as an individual, do to stop the bullying in my school? Not laugh at jokes that make fun of other people. Go out of my way to be nice to the person being ostracized.

What can my classmates do as a group to stop bullying in our school? Declare every bully a persona non grata. Everyone wants to be popular. If kids know that teasing or ostracizing a classmate will cause their own popularity to plunge, no one would be willing to pay the social price of picking on others.

A person who bullies isn’t always “the other kid.” Sometimes, it might be… you! Before you say “No way!” think about it. Have you ever heard yourself saying – or thinking – things like:

  • Some people deserve to be hurt.
  • Being mean to people doesn’t hurt them.
  • It is fun to hurt others.
  • I’m so cool that kids and adults don’t think I would do anything wrong.
  • People push me around, so I’m going to do it to other people, too.
  • I feel better about myself when I make other people feel worse.
  • If kids are afraid of me, then I won’t get picked on.•
  • I am just being funny. What’s the big deal?
  • I do what it takes to be part of the “cool” crowd.
  • I don’t want to be the only one getting picked on.
  • Some kids deserve to be bullied because of what they do to me.
  • I don’t like them, so it’s OK to be mean to them.

Do you recognize any of the signs? Kids bully for a lot of reasons. It might be because of:

  • Peer pressure
  • Being manipulated into something
  • Fear
  • Insecurity
  • Not understanding that their actions hurt someone
  • Not having positive adult role models
  • Being bullied themselves

If you think this might be you, talk with an adult. Seriously, they can help. If the first adult you talk with isn’t helpful, talk to someone else until you find one who will listen. You have that right!

 

Anti-Bullying Pledge - Students

By signing this pledge, we the students of ______________________________ agree to join together to stamp out bullying at our school. We believe that everybody should enjoy our school equally, and feel safe, secure and accepted regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, famillia status, marital status, or age.

  • Bullying can be pushing, shoving, hitting, and spitting, as well as name calling, picking on, making fun of, laughing at, and excluding someone. Bullying causes pain and stress to victims and is never justified or excusable as "kids being kids," "just teasing" or any other rationalization. The victim is never responsible for being a target of bullying.
  • Value student differences and treat others with respect.
  • Not become involved in bullying incidents or be a bully.
  • Be aware of the school's policies and support system with regard to bullying.
  • Report honestly and immediately all incidents of bullying to a faculty member.
  • Be alert in places around the school where there is less adult supervision such as bathrooms, corridors, and stairwells.
  • Support students who have been or are subjected to bullying.
  • Talk to teachers and parents about concerns and issues regarding bullying.
  • Work with other students and faculty, to help the school deal with bullying effectively.
  • Encourage teachers to discuss bullying issues in the classroom.
  • Provide a good role model for younger students and support them if bullying occurs.
  • Participate fully and contribute to assemblies dealing with bullying.

I acknowledge that whether I am being a bully or see someone being bullied, if I don't report or stop the bullying, I am just as guilty.

Signed by: _______________________________ Print name: __________________________________ Date:__________

Resource:

Who to report an incidence to: of hazing, harassment, intimidation, menacing, bullying, cyber-bullying or retaliation in district facilities, district premises and non district property if the student is at any district-sponsored, district-approved or district-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the control of the district that involve school employees, students, administrators, volunteers, parents, guardians, law enforcement and/or community representatives. Always follow-up with your complaint in writing. If you are not satisfied with the response or there is no response within the stipulated time period shown in District Policy JFCF-AR for Bullying Complaint Procedures (http://policy.osba.org/brookings/J/JFCF%20R%20G1.PDF), JBA/GBN-AR for Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures (http://policy.osba.org/brookings/J/JBA_GBN%20R%20G1.PDF) and file a written complaint at the next level.

1. If the bully is a fellow student contact a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate district official.
2. If on the bus or the bully is the bus driver, a teacher, coach, school staff or administrator, cafeteria staff, special education, custodian, etc. contact the building principle. High School Principal - Larry Martindale - larrym@brookings.k12.or.us or 541-469-2108 Middle School Principal - Sheryl Lipski - SherylL@brookings.k12.or.us or 541-469-7427 Eementary School Principal - Helena Chirinian - helenac@brookings.k12.or.us or 541-469-7413
3. If the bully is a building principle, contact the District 17C Superintendent Brian Hodge 541-469-7443 or brianh@brookings.k12.or.us
4. If the bully is the District Superintendent, contact the interum school board chair:
Jamie Ryan JamieR@brookings.k12.or.us or 541-412-12034
5. If not satisfied with the board decision, take it to either Michael K. Mahoney, Safe & HJealthy Schools Coordinator, Office of Student Learning & Partnershiops, Oregon Department of Education, 255 Capitol Street NE, Salem, OR 97310, 503.947.5628 or www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=107

National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 800.SUICIDE (784-2433) and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (273-8255).

Bullying Online. This web site, out of the U.K., features extensive information on the subject, including advice for parents, students, and teachers; legal advice; helpful links and tips; and ideas for school projects to stop bullying. www.bullying.co.uk

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