At Manchester Middle School, we promote respectful behaviors. Bullying behaviors interfere with learning and the educational mission of school. Therefore, we equip students with the proper social skills to react assertively, rather than passively or aggressively, to bullying behaviors. Two programs that we use here at Manchester Middle School are PBIS-Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program and the Restorative Practices program. Staff and students are trained to promote consistent practices that lead to a positive and safe learning environment.
District county definition of bullying:
The CCPS Standards for Student Conduct defines bullying as “any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. Bullying includes cyberbullying, but does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.”
How should parents handle reports of bullying?
- Get the facts from several sources, including adults. Listen calmly, without blaming, and don’t use the word “bullying.”
- Look at the resources from parents on stopbullying.gov
- Contact a teacher, an administrator, or school counselor. Work together to develop a plan to stop the bullying.
- If your child is bullying, make sure your child knows that bullying behavior is not acceptable and is against school rules.
If your child witnesses bullying, encourage him/her to be an upstander, standing up against bullying, rather than just being a bystander. These steps include not joining in, setting a good example, helping the person get away calmly from a situation, and telling a trusted adult. If your child is dealing with disrespectful or bullying behaviors, follow these steps:
STOP, WALK, TALK is an effective assertive tool to deal with disrespectful or bullying behaviors. It can be adapted to combat various types of disrespect – gossip, pushing, name calling, drama…