Bully Free: What Students Can Do
"Most of the trouble and friction among people, in or out of school, is caused by putting others down."
 
Dr. Richard Spurling
 
We have to believe that everyone has the right to come to school excited, enthused, and ready to learn. Bullies and bullying behavior will not be tolerated, they have no place in our school. 
 
Bullying is an imbalance of power. This happens when you give your "power" to another (or they take it and you are powerless in the relationship). 
 
What students can do to prevent Bullying:
 
LEARN TO BE EMPATHETIC!! Remember all of our talks about empathy over the years? Well, some students have the ability to "put themselves in other's shoes" (to feel what they are feeling) and some just don't! It's not bad, it's just something we don't have in our toolbox and therefore we have to LEARN HOW TO BE EMPATHETIC!
Empathy is one of the MOST IMPORTANT TOOLS TO DEVELOP and the sooner, the better!
 
We are 100% responsible for how we talk to and treat others...no excuses!
 
What can you do to help?
  1.  Talk and think positively about yourself and others
  2. Notice similarities and appreciate differences
  3. Work together
  4. Treat each other with kindness and respect
  5. Give each other support and encouragement
  6. Respond to bullying in ways that work
  7. Resolve conflicts appropriately and effectively
  8. Build empathy and realize that other people have feelings, wants, and needs that are just as real and valid as your own.
REPORTING SUSPECTED BULLYING IN OUR SCHOOL
 We have a Bully Box located in the Media Center in the back left corner on a table. The box is marked as "Bully Box". On the table there are forms you can fill out if you feel someone is bullying you or ANYONE! Please leave as much information as possible. We check the box everyday - often! If you don't feel comfortable doing this at school, your teachers have forms as well. You can take one home, fill it out and return it to your teacher, counselor or Box.
 
YOUR NAME WILL NEVER BE DISCUSSED BY ADULTS AS THE REPORTER!!! PLEASE YOU DON'T TELL OTHERS EITHER!! This is to protect you!

Some information reprinted from Dr. Richard Spurling's Bully Free Zone.