Definition of Bullying
Defined as repeated, persistent, harmful behavior, where an imbalance of power exists, intended to cause fear, distress, or harm to another person's body, emotions, self-esteem or reputation, that substantially interferes with a student's ability to benefit from the educational environment.
Examples of Bullying Behavior
Physical Bullying is the most obvious-using physical actions to gain power and control over their targets. These would include kicking, punching, slapping, shoving or physical attacks.
Verbal Bullying is using words in a negative way to insult, tease or put down in order to gain power over another person's life.
Cyberbullying is using technology, such text messages, emails or social media by spreading rumors, mean words or lies. These can be spread quickly and anonymously. Internet safety rules for all students should be followed to monitor social media internet safety.
Relational Bullying is excluding someone from joining or being part of a group, whether the lunch table, game, sport or social activity.
Making intentionally false reports about bullying/aggressive behavior for the purpose of getting someone in trouble will not be tolerated. Giving false information or false reporting is considered a form of bullying behavior and could result in disciplinary action.
We always encourage students to speak with one of our adults at Oak Manor at anytime. For all the prevention we have in place, unless we know or witness a situation it is difficult to know that a child is being bullied. Students may be withdrawn, not want to come to school or may have a change in their appetite or become moody.
Families can help by teaching students to respect one another, be kind to each other and general manners and empathy. Fostering a child's confidence and self worth and "to do the right thing" will go far.
If you believe a bullying situation is happening please call our office at 269-683-7484.
An excellent resource site, StopBullying.gov,click on link below.