Bully Awareness and Prevention

Last Updated: 8/29/2019 1:40 PM

Bully Awareness and Prevention


 

The Rootstown Elementary School Student handbook states: "Bullying offenses are not subject to discretionary discipline. They are against the law. A proven violation will result in suspension and/or expulsion."
We take bullying serious and do not want any child to feel it is unsafe to come to school. 


What We Do.....

Every year, each classroom has a lesson that illustrates what bullying is and the various types, as well as ways to prevent bullying or to deal with a bully. Classrooms have ongoing discussions throughout the year highlight the importance of friendship, inclusion, and kindness. Our PBIS method of recognizing the 3 R's: Rovers are Respectful, Responsible, Role Models reinforces the appropriate behavior expectations and accomplishments. When students demonstrate the expectations they are rewarded for their work.  



Why Do Students Bully?

  • To gain power
  • To get attention or become popular
  • To get material things
  • To act out problems at home
  • To copy another person they admire
  • Jealousy
  • May be unhappy with themselves


How Do Students Bully?

  • Fight, hit, punch, etc.
  • Exclude others
  • Say mean things, start rumors, etc.
  • Try to control others


What Can Happen to Children Who are Bullied?

  • They may feel scared, alone and/ or sad
  • They may not like going to school
  • They may develop low self-esteem
  • They may feel physically ill (i.e., get headaches and stomachaches)



Ways to Stop a Bully...
 

  • Confront the bully (example: "Leave me alone!")
  • Stay away so you cannot be bullied
  • Ignore the bully
  • Walk away
  • Use an "I-Message"
  • Use humor
  • Talk it out
  • Tell a trusted adult (i.e., parent or guardian, school counselor, teacher, etc.)
  • Go with friends