Bullying Information and Interventions
Bullying: The Definition:
Bullying is unfair and one-sided. It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose. It is persistent aggressive behavior.
Bully Prevention and Intervention:We encourage friendly behavior for all of our students. We use the Travis and Presley Curriculum to support teaching friendly behaviors to your child. Topics addressed in the Travis and Presley Curriculum are: Respecting Others, Share and Take Turns, Please and Thank You, Be Polite, Good Teamwork, and It’s OK to be Different.We also focus on building positive character traits in our students. Every month we focus on one Positive Character Trait and these traits are encouraged and rewarded. September- Friendly, October- Respectful, November-Caring, December- Responsible, January- Patient, February- Accepting, March-Generous, April- Cooperative, May- Trustworthy, June- Fair
If Your Child Has Been Bullied:
Listen to what your child reports and get as many details as you are able. Explain that you can help most when you have as much information as possible. Ask them when, what, where, who, and what happened before and after the bullying incident.
Let your child’s teacher know anytime an incident of possible bullying occurs.
The counselor will work with child to develop a plan of action with appropriate strategies and responses to bullying.
An administrator may also speak to your student in order to get all the details about the bullying incident.
If needed, the counselor will work with bystanders to help increase positive peer pressure to eliminate the bullying.
If Your Child Witnesses Bullying:
Encourage children to tell an adult. If they do not feel comfortable telling an adult, we encourage the parent to let us know what is going on, so we can help.
According to youth who have been bullied, these things are the most helpful things we all can do:
Spend time with me at school (friends)
Talk to me at school to encourage me (teacher, counselor, friends)
Help me get away from thes ituation (friend, teacher)
Help me tell an adult (friend)
Make a distraction (friend)
Tell an adult for me (friend)
These things work sometimes, but sometimes they make things worse:
Kindly tell the person to stop
Angrily tell the person to stop bullying
These things NEVER help:
Make fun of me
Ignore the situation
If Your Child Chooses to Bully:
First Incident: The teacher and counselor will work together to encourage the student not to bully and develop alternatives to bullying. The teacher will inform the parent.
Second Incident: A discipline referral will be written and the district Code of Conduct will be followed. The administrator and counselor will work together to provide additional support to eliminate the bullying practices. The administrator will contact parents.
Third Incident: A second discipline referral will be written and the Code of Conduct followed. Additionally, the campus Response to Intervention team will review the student’s behavior and determine what additional interventions are needed. Parents will be contacted by an administrator.
Additional incidents of bullying will be handled in similar manners, following the district Code of Conduct and recommendations from the team to help the student develop more appropriate social behavior.
How is bullying different from conflict?
Bullying often happens away from the watchful eyes of teachers; Conflict often happens where authority figures can see what’s going on.
In bullying, one person or one group of people are being targeted and often others are afraid to step in and help.
Bullies are not friends with their targets. Sometimes friends have conflicts because they want different things.
Bullying cannot be solved by talking things out with the target. Conflict can be solved with talking and adult intervention.
People Who Can Help:
Your Child’s Teacher
Sabrina Polk, School Counselor
Lisa De Los Santos, Assistant Principal
Felicia Sprayberry, Principal
If the bullying is happening at the bus stop or on the bus:
please contact the Department of Transportation at
940-369-0300 to discuss your concerns.