This website will be devoted to helping prevent bullying at our school.Bullying is exposing another person to either verbal or physical harm or threatening to harm another person with the purpose of controlling the other person's thoughts and/or actions.
TMS has four "rules against bullying":
1. We will not bully others.
2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
3. We will make it a point to include students who are easily left out.
4. When we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
If the issue involves a direct threat, we encourage students to come to the office immediately.At TMS we have an obligation.No longer will we be silent.Silence is participation.We refuse to participate in the problem.We're all unique.And we all deserve respect.If you need help, come to me.I will stand up for you.I GOT YOUR BACK.Types of Bullying
- Physical aggression - pushing, shoving, spitting, kicking, hitting, stealing, and threatening
- Verbal aggression - mocking, name-calling, dirty looks, taunting, teasing about clothing or possessions
- Intimidation - graffiti, publicly challenging to do something, playing a dirty trick, taking possessions
Strategies To Stay BULLY FreeVICTIMS AND BYSTANDERS MUST REPORT THE BULLYING OR HARASSING TO A TEACHER, SCHOOL COUNSELOR, OR THE PRINCIPAL.FOR VICTIMS:
- Social alienation - gossiping, embarrassing, spreading rumors, ethnic slurs, social rejection
Report the incident to a teacher, school counselor, or principal
- Your name should be kept confidential - make sure!
- Write down what was done or said to you and how you responded. Bullies often try to shift the blame.
- Make a list of witness
FOR BYSTANDERS: Stand up! Intervene in the situation. Tell the bully to stop and comfort the victim. Write down what happened and report to the teacher, school counselor, or principal.
"BULLIES PREVAIL WHEN GOOD PEOPLE STAND BACK AND DO NOTHING"
What if Strategies Are Not Enough?
- Avoid bullies and where they hang out - keep a safe distance
- Act and look confident
- Be observant
- Tell your friends and many adults
- Be assertive, say "Stop It!" or "Leave me alone!"
- Stay calm
- Walk away
- Travel in a group
- If you are in danger- RUN