Ed White Bullying Prevention

Ed White Middle School Bullying Prevention Plan
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In addition, we will do everything possible, both as individuals and as a campus, to create and preserve this environment through proactive bullying prevention education, and well defined and effective consequences for violations. Bullying, as defined in the student/parent handbook, is: verbal, written, or physical behaviors, such as but not limited to, intimidating and or threatening, (ie. Having the effect of physically or psychologically harassing a student or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or property), that are initiated by one or more students against a victim. In addition to direct attacks, bullying may also be more indirect by causing a student to be socially isolated through intentional exclusion.
The following actions may be categorized as bullying by an administrator or counselor especially if they are severe or persistent.

  •  Any physical contact that would hurt or injure a person like hitting, kicking, punching, etc. Taking something that belongs to someone else and destroying it would also be considered a type of physical bullying.
  • Name-calling, teasing, making offensive remarks, or joking about a person's religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or the way they look. .
  • Spreading rumors or stories about someone, telling others about something that was told to you in private, and excluding others from groups.
  • Threatening someone else and frightening that person enough to make him or her do what the bully wants.
  •  Sending messages, pictures, or information using electronic media, computers (email & instant messages, Facebook, etc), or cell phones (text messaging & voicemail).

Any student, who believes they have been bullied, or who has seen another student being bullied, should report the problem immediately to a teacher or other adult on campus. Furthermore, any Ed White Middle School employee or parent who witnesses a bullying incident should report it to a campus administrator or counselor.
For any violation of the Bullying Prevention Plan, the following steps will be taken by the staff at Ed White in sequential order for each violation that occurs. *Note: It is possible to have more than one step for a student depending on the nature and severity of the behavior.
 Step 1: Reporting The staff member who receives the report will use the Four- A Response Process as outlined in the Second Step curriculum manual.
1. Affirm the student’s feelings 

  • “You were right to report/get help from an adult.”
  • “I’m glad you asked for help with this.”

2. Ask Questions

  • “Tell me more about what happened.”
  • “Was anyone else aware of what was happening?”
  • “Has this happened before?”

3. Assess the student’s safety.  Determine what the student needs in order to be safe now.
4. Act- refer by official referral form to counselor and official reporting.
Meeting with Counselor (separate students) Both the student that reported bullying and the student that was reported as bullying will meet with their counselor separately to discuss the problem, solutions to the problem, and to reinforce that bullying will not be tolerated.  Both students’ parents are contacted by phone. Document on Bullying Documentation Form. (Step 1)
Step 2: Formal meeting with parents and Counselor and/or Team School staff will notify the parents of the involved students. The parents of the student who is bullying will be asked to meet with the school counselor and team if possible. Previous documentation will be reviewed with parent/s and student. The student will be required to sign the bullying prevention contract with parent signature as a witness. Students will be monitored by counselor, teachers, and assistant principal.  Document on the Bullying Documentation Form.
Step 3: Referral to Assistant Principal
A referral will be given to the principal with the Bullying Documentation Form with  previous steps. The principal will process the referral and notify parents.
***Any further infractions will result in further disciplinary action on the part of administration***

Recognizing the Difference

Normal Conflict         
Usually friends or acquaintances
Happens occasionally
Accidental 
Not serious     
NOT seeking power, attention, or material things
Takes responsibility and tries to solve the problem
Bullying
Usually not friends or acquaintances
Repeated Negative Actions
Purposeful 
Serious with threats (physical or emotional harm)
Attempt to gain power, attention, or  material things
Blames the victim and makes no effort to solve the problem

Links and Materials

 

Bullying Prevention Plan

Ed White Bullying Power Point

Helping Kids with Bullies

Safe School Ambassadors

 

 


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