Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time. Kids who are bullied and those who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power-such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity-to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying includes actions, such as; making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Bullying…Not in Our Schools, has been the message to continue to work on reducing bullying in our schools. We continue to focus and put efforts into creating safe and positive learning environment’s for all students. The District continues to have a Bullying Reduction Committee committee that addresses this under The Spartan Way umbrella. We take all reports of bullying seriously and encourage students and parents to let us know when they are aware of any type of bullying incidents.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results:
- 50% of the High School students report on the 2016-17 survey that they felt bullying was a problem in their school
- 27% of the High School students report on the 2016-17 survey that during the past 12 months, they had been bullied on school property
- 21% of the High School students report on the 2016-17 survey that they had been electronically bullied (texting, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media)