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Schools Engage Students to Curb Bullying

Alexander II Magnet
More than 160 fourth and fifth grade students participated in a program called The Bully Proof Kit, which teaches students: five forms of bullying, five ways to stop a bully, and when and how to report bullying at school and home. Students took pre-assessments and post-assessments and watched videos, leading them to discuss and roleplay the activities. Some students are now writing and producing their own anti-bullying video based on what they learned.

“Adopting a zero-tolerance bullying program can help students feel safer and less intimidated when reporting bullying,” says Counselor Lynda Singleton. “Students who are relaxed can focus more energy on learning and participating in school rather than worrying about being afraid at school.”

Burdell-Hunt Magnet
Students are taught about bullying, including the definition, examples (including cyber-bullying), prevention methods, what to do if bullying is seen, and the consequences of bullying. Throughout the year, students are reminded during the morning broadcast that bullying is not tolerated at the school and how it can be reported to faculty and staff. November’s Book of the Month is a story where students can learn different ways to deal with verbal bullying by focusing on what the student can and can’t control.

"I have noticed that many kids look away when they see bullying and choose not to report it due to fear of becoming the next target or thinking the bullying will get worse,” says Counselor Regina English. “I always tell my students that bullies do not discriminate. It may be someone else today but it could be you tomorrow. The only way to keep from becoming a target or stop bullying is not allowing it to happen to you or anyone else.”

Jones Elementary
Community members came out in support of the Jones Elementary Anti-Bullying Kick-off and to help send a strong message to children that bullying is not tolerated at their school. During the kick-off, children learned through guidance lessons and group sessions that bullying occurs when one person hurts or threatens another child or cause the child harm. In addition, children learned that anyone can be a bully, and bullying can be carried out in different ways. Teachers encouraged children to report bullying, whether they are being bullied, or if they witness someone else being bullied.

Physical bullying might include shoving, pushing, and hitting. Words and non-verbal behavior can also be used to hurt someone by spreading rumors, taking part in gossip, or threatening someone with looks, notes, or pictures.

Special guests included: Officer Louis Foster from the Campus Police Department; Officer Phil Sullivan from the Macon Police Department; Chief Larry Smallwoods with the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department; and Officer Chris Paul and Macon Police Cadets.

Morgan Elementary
Morgan Elementary faculty and staff have made a concerted effort to heighten student awareness and understanding of bullying. The week of Oct. 18-22 was dedicated to Bullying Prevention, and students participated in a variety of activities, including making ‘No Bullying’ posters and signing a ‘Kids Against Bullying’ pledge. Students also go here from Judy Gordon from the Macon Police Department Neighborhood Watch Crime Prevention Program about bullying prevention techniques.

Skyview Elementary
After watching a documentary about bullying, Skyview Elementary speech therapist Shelley Zepp implemented the Bully Box as a way for students to anonymously report incidents of bullying. Bully Box forms have been placed throughout the school, allowing students to describe the incident; each form will then be reviewed by an administrator.

Students are encouraged to utilize this tool, and they have been taught about different forms of bullying, including muscle (hitting, spitting, stealing, or damaging belongings), mouth (threats, lying to cause trouble, and name-calling), social (intimidation, social exclusion, and spreading rumors), and cyber (Facebook, texting, and e-mail).

Rutland High School
Rutland High School advisers, during advisement sessions, showed a presentation – Bullying: the Harsh Reality – to students and engaged them in a discussion about bullying in the school. Students are also being encourage to report any incidence of bullying – whether against them or something they have seen – to their counselors so that the administration can investigate and take disciplinary action, if needed.

Westside High School
Oct. at Westside High was designated as Bullying Awareness Month, and the Student Council has decided to sponsor an additional Bullying Awareness Week Nov. 15-19. The Student Council wanted to continue to work with the student body to understand bullying and to help their fellow students find better ways of dealing with situations involving bullying.

In October, advisement classes have worked on anti-bullying slogans, studied the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) bullying information, and have had guest speakers to lead discussions.

Throughout Bullying Awareness Week, there will be daily Public Service Announcements by Student Council members. During advisement classes, Assistant Principals, Counselors, Campus Police Officers and other guests will lead discussions with students about bullying, and students will be able to sign a “No Bullying” pledge. On Friday, November 19, students, faculty, and staff will wear purple in support of anti-bullying efforts.

“Confronting and correcting schoolhouse bullying is an opportunity to set young people on a path forward that recognizes every person's worth and each person's inherent dignity," says Spanish Teacher Thomas Harrington.

“No child can learn until he or she feels safe. If a child is concerned that someone will ‘get them,’ they are less focused on what needs to be done in the classroom,” says Principal Laura Perkins. “As faculty and staff, we must protect the safety of our children throughout the school day.”


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