Joy Elementary does not tolerate bullying. Throughout the school year, our school does a variety of classroom, large group, and small group lessons on bullying and bully prevention. Though we teach all of our students that bullying is wrong, it still occasionally occurs. And, while we would like cases of bullying to be reported to the administration, they are not always reported.
What is Bullying?
Bullying occurs when a person or group of people repeatedly hurt, embarrass, or frighten another person.
Characteristics of bullying are…
- difference in power (Either physical or psychological)
Types of bullying are…
- physical; Pushing, shoving, tripping, hitting
- verbal; Racist or bigoted remarks, teasing, threats
- relational or psychological; Intimidation, spreading rumors, exclusion
- cyber related; Electronic bullying through text or instant messaging and/or through the internet
Bullying is not…
- an altercation between equals
- good natured, playful teasing among equals or peers
- an isolated incident
Are You the Target of a Bully?
If you are being bullied during the school day, at a school event, at an after school program, or on the bus, it is important that you report it to a school administrator who can take actions.
Remember to be SAFE:
Say something to a friend or adult
Ask someone for help
Find a friend
Exit the area
Have You Witnessed Bullying?
If you witness an act of bullying, you should do the following:
- Refuse to join in
- Never fight the bully
- Get others to speak out against the bullying
- Distract the bully/bullies
- Report all bullying to school personnel
Reporting vs. Ratting
Ratting is telling an adult about a problem when you…
Reporting is telling an adult when you or someone else is getting hurt. It could be about a person's…
- could solve the problem yourself
- just want to make yourself look good
- really just want your own way
- want to get someone in trouble
Parents who have a bullying concern must let us know. If your child is a target and is being bullied or if you believe your child bullies others, please let us know. Open and consistent communication with school personnel will help your child and other children as well. Unfortunately, some bully situations take a number of interventions before it subsides. Please continue to communicate with the school and provide any additional information that will help the school put an end to the situation.