Advice for responding to bullying
Always take bullying seriously and never dismiss it as merely a rite of passage. (Mark Brown "Life After Bullying")
•Keep the lines of communication open with your children and reassure them that they are loved and valued.
•Involve your child in character-building activities and be involved in these kinds of activities yourself.
•Establish PTA-sponsored programs in your school that reinforce the importance of tolerance and respect.
•Encourage school special assemblies and bring in outside speakers to raise awareness about this issue.
Lead a class discussion on bullying. (Eleanor T. Migliore "Eliminate Bullying in Your Classroom")
Write a specific no-bullying policy into your classroom rules.
Teach social skills routinely through specific lessons and in conjunction with other activities throughout the day.
Teach students how to avoid being a victim and what to do if they are victimized.
Support students who speak out about bullying or who seek extra adult help.
Use extra effort to include all students in class activities. If a class project is being planned, give everyone a role.
School Policy on Bullying
• Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
• Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.
• Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.
• Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing. For purposes of this subdivision, “hazing” means a method of initiation or preinitiation into a pupil organization or body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to a former, current, or prospective pupil. For purposes of this subdivision, “hazing” does not include athletic events or school-sanctioned events.
• Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act
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Westminster High School Policy