Becky-David Elementary staff has made a commitment to create an environment free of any forms of bullying. Bullying is when a person is repeatedly exposed, over time, to negative actions and has difficulty defending their self because of an imbalance of power. Our counselors teach 10-15 lessons per year on bullying alone. In addition, teachers teach approximately 5 lessons in the beginning of the year and revisit information each quarter. We also have several assemblies each year on character that includes bullying prevention and information on safe reporting. We strive to provide a safe environment conducive to student learning and healthy social development. Please communicate with your child’s teacher, counselor, or grade level administrator immediately if there are any concerns regarding possible bullying.
A child may indicate with their words or by their behavior that he or she is being bullied. If your child shows some of the following signs,bullying may be the culprit.
To report Bullying to an Administrator please click on your child's grade level below:
Signs of Bullying
- Frightened of riding the bus to and from school
- Change their usual route when getting off of the bus
- Not want you to intervene
- Beg you to drive them to school
- Be unwilling to go to school (or be 'school phobic')
- Feel ill in the mornings
- Begin truanting
- Begin doing poorly in their schoolwork
- Come home regularly with clothes or books destroyed
- Come home starving (bully taking food or money)
- Become withdrawn, start stammering, lack confidence
- Become distressed and anxious, stop eating
We teach the students the following regarding how to deal with a bully:
- Define bullying, bystander (potential hero) and target (victims) through assemblies, class lessons/meetings, and counselor lessons.
- Safely report bullying and have necessary procedures and forms for the staff.
- Monitor personal space (stay in a safe zone), body language (be a good guy), keep cool (be assertive, not aggressive), find a safe adult, find a safe zone (safety in numbers), and how to know the difference between teasing vs. bullying.
- Tell your parents or other trusted adult(s).
- If you are bullied at school tell your teacher, school counselor or principal. Telling is not tattling. If someone is in danger of being physically or emotionally hurt, it is "reporting.”
- Do not “fight back” physically and try to bully those who bully you.
- Try not to show anger or fear. Students who bully like to see that they can upset you.
- Calmly and in an assertive and direct approach tell the student to stop ___ (Get an adult if the bully does not comply).
- Use humor, if this is easy for you to do (and when appropriate).
- Try to avoid situations in which bullying is likely to occur.