Dear Marie Reed Community,
Marie Reed is committed to being an anti-bullying school. Every October students in all grade levels receive guidance lessons on bullying and participate in campaigns and efforts to bring awareness to this critical issue facing our students. This month serves as a reminder that bullying prevention must be addressed, and one way to accomplish this is through educating ourselves, our communities, and the youth in our lives.
On Wednesday, October 19th, we will have a school-wide campaign in which we encourage all students and staff to wear orange to show UNITY for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying.
Additionally, in the spirit of lifelong learning on this issue, the Marie Reed Mental Health Team (MHT) would like to share some resources. First, when adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior, they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time.
What Is Bullying?
It’s bullying if:
- One person is intentionally hurting or harming another with words or behavior, and
- the behavior is being done on purpose, and
- the person being hurt has a hard time making it stop.
- The behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated.
- The kids who are doing it have more power. *
* “Power” can mean the person bullying is older, bigger/stronger, more popular, or there’s a group of kids who “gang up” on someone.
Note: Definitions vary greatly. This not a legal definition. Find your state’s law and definition at StopBullying.gov
Bullying can be:
Physical: This one’s easy to recognize. This is when someone pushes, shoves, hits, kicks, bites, or otherwise hurts another kid’s body. It can also include taking or damaging someone else’s things.
Verbal: It is really common because it is quick, direct, and easy to do. Examples include teasing, name calling, threats, mean jokes, rumors, gossip, and saying things about someone that aren’t true.
Emotional: This type of bullying isn’t always obvious, but it can hurt a lot. It hurts people on the inside and makes them feel bad about themselves. Examples include leaving someone out on purpose, telling lies about someone, and embarrassing somebody publicly.
Cyberbullying: Using technology is the newest way to bully. Examples include sending mean text messages, posting videos, stories, or photos that make fun of someone, and spreading rumors online.
Why Does Bullying Prevention Matter?
More than one out of every five students reports being bullied. They are scared to go to school. That means those students lose the opportunity to learn. It is every student’s right to be safe in school. Students who are bullied may also have lower self-esteem and less self-confidence. They might also struggle to concentrate in school because they’re afraid of being bullied. It’s not just the targets of bullying who are hurt by it. Students who bully sometimes have problems with the law when they’re older. Students who see bullying happen often feel afraid or angry and even though they want to help, they don’t know how.
If you have any questions, please reach out to our Point of Contact Mr. Patterson Richard.email@example.com or the Mental Health Team at Marie Reed (Mr. Taylor, Ms. Guirguis, Ms. Manoel, Mr. Goldstein and Mrs. Marquez).
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center