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BHISD Response to Reports of Bullying

When bullying is reported by a student, parent, or staff member, both the Counselor and Assistant Principal will be notified.

  • The Counselor and Assistant Principal will meet with both parties, the victim and the accused, separately. The Principal will be notified.
  • During the counseling session, the victim will be given strategies for coping with a bully. The counselor will meet with the victim weekly, or until the problem is resolved.
  • The counselor will meet with the accused and let them know of the concerns. The counselor will determine what counseling plan is needed based on this first session.
  • The Assistant Principal will meet with the victim and the accused separately and conduct an investigation, as warranted. Discipline will be administered based on the Student Code of Conduct and Campus Discipline Plan.
  • The parents of both the accused and the victim will be notified following the meetings.
  • If the bullying persists, further disciplinary actions will be taken in addition to other strategies to separate students.

Cyber Bullying

  • If cyber-bullying occurs on campus, disciplinary sanctions will be administered according to the Campus Discipline Plan and technology privileges may be affected.
  • If cyber-bullying occurs off-campus and is reported to a school official, parents will be notified. At the High School, the AP and/or police department will be notified and will conference with student.
  • If inappropriate behavior occurs on school grounds as a result of cyber-bullying, discipline will be administered according to the Campus Discipline Plan.

Barbers Hill ISD does not maintain nor have responsibility for social networking systems.

Bully Prevention Plan
  • Grade Level Meetings occur at the beginning of the year in all grade levels 6-12. At these meetings, a campus police officer will meet with students to discuss bullying and its consequences.
  • Teachers are in hallways during all class changes.
  • Teachers receive staff development in ways to recognize bullying, ways to prevent it in the classroom, and what to do if it is suspected.
  • Eagles Don't Tolerate Bullying - A campus culture will be developed where students are taught ways to deal with bullies, example: Stop! You're better than this and so am I.
  • Character Education Programs occur at every campus K-6 to make students aware of bullying behaviors and to equip students with strategies to deal with a bully.
  • Cyber-bullying awareness sessions will occur at all secondary campuses.
Programs in BHISD to Deter Bullying Behavior

Character Education

  • Keystone Character Education Program - Elementary Campuses
  • "Auto Be Good" - Elementary Campuses
  • Classroom guidance sessions - Kindergarten Center, Primary, and Elementary Campuses
  • Character trait of the month - Kindergarten Center, Primary, and Elementary Campuses
  • Student Behavior Awards - Kindergarten Center, Primary, Elementary, and Middle School Campuses
  • Shining Stars - Elementary Campuses
  • "Caught you Caring" Campaign - Middle School Campuses
  • "I Can Be a Hero to Someone" - Middle School Campuses 

Teacher Staff Development

  • Capturing Kids Hearts - Several teachers at most campuses 

Student Groups

  • LIFT - Middle School and High School
  • School Ambassadors - Elementary
  • Teen Leadership - High School and Middle School
  • Key Club welcoming group - High School
  • PALS - High School
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions - High School
  • SHOUT - Middle School 
Resources
Safe Schools, Safe Students (S4)
  • Ryan Rodriguez - High School
  • Leah Veazey - High School
  • Regan Rinando - Middle School South
  • Stephanie Martin - Elementary School North
  • Elizabeth Filer - Elementary School South
  • Ami Davis - Primary School/KC
  • Cheryl Abshier - Kindergarten Center
  • Kristen Davis - Technology
  • Sandra Duree - Curriculum and Instruction
  • Becky Johnson - Operations
  • Danita Blasdel - BHISD Police Department
  • Kristen Brown - Special Services
  • Lesley Gershmel - Social Worker
The Research Says...

Research-Based Reasons to Address Bullying

  • Schools are a prime location for bullying.
  • On average, bullying episodes are brief, approximately 37 seconds long.
  • The emotional scars from bullying can last a lifetime.
  • Children who are repeatedly victimized sometimes see suicide as their only escape.
  • Many adults do not know how to intervene in bullying situations, therefore bullying is often ignored.
  • Bullying knows no social, cultural, or economic boundaries.
  • Child bullies, without intervention, turn into adult bullies.
  • Bullies are five times as likely to become adult criminals as non-bullies.
  • Victims need an opportunity to give a voice to their pain.
  • Preventing bullying lowers rates of vandalism, fighting, theft, and truancy.
  • Ten percent of students who drop out of school do so because of repeated bullying incidences.
  • Research shows that when a child's safety is threatened, he or she is not able to perform as well on standardized tests.
  • 14% of eighth through twelfth graders and 22% of fourth through eighth graders surveyed reported that bullying diminished their ability to learn in school.
  • Research indicates that children with disabilities or special needs may be at a higher risk of being bullied than other children.
  • By self-report, boys are more likely than girls to bully others.
  • Girls frequently report being bullied by both boys and girls, but boys report that they are most often bullied only by other boys.
  • Verbal bullying is the most frequent form of bullying experienced by both boys and girls.
  • Boys are more likely to be physically bullied by their peers.
  • Girls are more more likely to bully each other using social exclusion.
  • Girls are more likely to report being targets of rumor spreading and sexual comments.
Fighting Back - What you can do

Adults

Be supportive and gather information about the bullying. Never tell your child to ignore the bullying. What the child may "hear" is that you are going to ignore it. If the child were able to simply ignore it, he or she likely would not have told you about it. Often, trying to ignore bullying allows it to become more serious.

Don't blame the child who is being bullied. Don't assume that your child did something to provoke the bullying. Don't say, "What did you do to aggravate the other child?"

Listen carefully to what the child tells you about the bullying. Ask him or her to describe who was involved and how and where each bullying episode happened.

Learn as much as you can about the bullying tactics used, and when and where the bullying happened. Can the child name other children or adults who may have witnessed the bullying?

Empathize with the child. Tell him/her that bullying is wrong, not their fault, and that you are glad he or she had the courage to tell you about it. Ask the child what he or she thinks can be done to help. Assure him or her that you will think about what needs to be done and you will let him or her know what you are going to do.

Do not encourage physical retaliation ("Just hit them back") as a solution. Hitting another student is not likely to end the problem, and it could get your child suspended or expelled or escalate the situation.  

 

Peers

Think about how YOU might feel if the bullying was happening to you. You and other kids can lend a hand, even when you aren't close friends with the kids who are bullied. Your school will be a better place if you help stop bullying. And making your school a better place is EVERYONE'S job!

 

Don't Just Stand There ... Say Something!

Kids who bully may think they're being funny or "cool." If you feel safe, tell the person to STOP the bullying behavior. Say you don't like it and that it isn't funny.

DON'T BULLY BACK! It won't help if you use mean names or actions, and it could make things worse.

Say kind words to the child who is being bullied, such as "I'm sorry about what happened," and "I don't like it!" Help them understand that it's not his or her fault. Be a friend. Invite that student to do things with you, such as sit together at lunch or work together on a project. EVERYONE NEEDS A FRIEND!

Tell the student who is being bullied to talk to someone about what happened. Offer to help by going along.

Pay attention to the other kids who see the bullying. Are any of them laughing or joining in with the bullying? If yes, these kids are part of the problem. Let those students know that they're not helping! DON'T be one of them!

Think about who you could tell in your school: Teacher, School counselor, Cafeteria or Playground Aid, School nurse, Principal, Bus driver, or Other adults you feel comfortable telling. See the list of campus representatives

No matter where the bullying happens, you should talk to your parents about bullying that you see or know about. Ask them for their ideas about how to help.

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