Bullying Prevention Focuses on Schoolwide ProgramsBy Rhonda Miller | Published 15 Oct 2012 04:22pm |
Mississippi schools are teaching kids it’s everyone’s job to prevent bullying. MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports on the efforts of one Pascagoula school.
At Colmer Middle School in Pascagoula, guidance counselor Liz Strunk says their program called ‘Stepping Up’ teaches all students they have a role in preventing bullying.
"The bystander is the one that can really give the bully the power, by agreeing with them, by laughing along with the bully, you know, when they’re doing something to the victim. We talk about how they feel, the one that's being victimized, a little bit of put yourself in their shoes. What would happen if that was you?"
Strunk says students are encouraged to report bullying to teachers and be supportive to the victims of bullying, maybe walk them to class.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website stopbullying.gov, being bullied can result in mental health problems, substance abuse and even suicide.
Rhonda Miller. MPB News. Biloxi
Note: For more information go to www.stopbullying.gov
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