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School Climate - Bullying - Character Education - School Violence




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WHAT IS BULLYING? A form of aggression that involves one or more students who verbally, physically or psychologically harass another student repeatedly over time. The attacks are directed at someone perceived as being weaker, more submissive or younger.
BULLYING BEHAVIORS INCLUDE: verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs, threats and intimidation, extortion or stealing money or possessions, and exclusion from a peer group.
WHAT CAN SCHOOLS DO TO STOP IT? Promote adult awareness and involvement with bullies and victims. Provide appropriate supervision during recess and lunch hour. Require consistent and immediate consequences for aggressive behavior. Give generous praise for positive and helpful behavior. Set specific class rules against bullying.
Source: Wake County Public School System

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Information on Bullying and Bullying Victims

Who are the victims of bullying?  

"Victims tend to be loners who tend to cry easily, lack self-defense skills, aren't able to use humor in conflict situations or who don't think quickly on their feet. Children who have few friends are always easy prey for bullies. It's easier to pick on a lone child without witnesses.  Children who have special needs are also common victims for bullies."


Most victims of bullying are children with little or no self-esteem or confidence, for whatever reason.  Perhaps the child:


Has a disability

Has a stammer

Is bad at sports

Is new to the district

Has a different religion or belief

Wears different clothes

Has a different accent

Has a different nationality or color

Has an ear that sticks out


Dynamics of Bully-Victim Situations


A power differential exists between the bully and the victim.

Bullies tend to confident, aggressive, and lack empathy for the victim.

Bullies come from homes where there is poor supervision, and modeling of and tolerance for aggressive behavior.

Victims tend to be quiet, passive children with few friends.

Victims do not respond effectively to aggressive actions.

Bullying is often done so that adults are not aware of it.

Victims are ashamed, and often don't tell an adult.


This is an excerpt from the ASAP: A School-based Anti-Violence Program. 


Websites on Bullying

Featured Website: No Disposable Kids (NDK) - NDK is a nationally recognized training program designed to help today's educators create and maintain a healthy school environment for students and for staff. Bullying. Racism. Violence. NDK can give you the tools - and the know-how - to face and overcome hot-button issues like these on all levels. Teachers, students, staff, even bus drivers will learn the practical, prevention-oriented strategies that create safe, productive environments for learning and working.


Featured Website: Discipline without Stress, Punishments or Rewards - How Leaders, Teachers, and Parents Promote Responsibility. Marvin Marshall details his Raise Responsibility System - a simple and amazingly effective approach that promotes responsibility, self-discipline, and learning.


Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. - For more than 20 years, the Crisis Prevention Institute has supported the work of professionals who work with challenging or potentially violent individuals by providing a relevant, practical behavior management program. It’s called the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program and more than 4.5 million professionals have participated in this program to learn how to resolve conflict at the earliest possible stage.

Character Counts & Character Education


Featured Website: Living Values Education - When viewed as an ongoing process, values-based education becomes part of a lifelong learning experience. Many opportunities can be found to integrate values-based education into existing curricula. These will vary from place to place according to cultural needs. It is in the spirit of cooperation that the Program was founded, recognizing we learn from one another.


For more information visit CHARACTER COUNTS!: a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of schools, communities and nonprofit organizations working to advance character education by teaching the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.


Love & Logic

Love and Logic Website -


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School Violence & Zero Tolerance
Zero Tolerance Rules Can Doom Some Good Students - Walking into central-city schools, through metal detectors and security officers, feels a little like walking into one of Michigan's 34 state prisons. Sometimes I think that's what we're preparing kids for. The school-to-prison pipeline starts with suspensions and expulsions that lead to idleness, falling back and dropping out. Nearly 80% of prisoners listed truancy as their first offense, reports the U.S. Department of Justice.
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