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What is bullying?
"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed repeatedly, and over time, to negative actions not he part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself." Dan Olweus, Bullying at School. What We Know and What We Can Do
The three main components of bullying behavior are:
  1. Involves an aggressive behavior
  2. Typically invokes a pattern of behavior over time
  3. Involves an imbalance of power or strength 
 Aggressive behavior includes hitting, kicking and pushing as well as teasing, saying mean things, spreading rumors, threatening or purposefully excluding them others from activities in class, gym, lunch or other areas of school, community or home. The behavior is repeated over time,  not just one time like when a child gets angry at their friend for the day. An imbalance of power or strength does not focus solely on physical power or strength, but social power as well. 
What is the Olweus Bulling Prevention Program?
Shikellamy Middle School has adopted the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program as one step to help students in the school. Beginning this school year, 2014-15, both the 7th and 8th grade teachers will be involved with implementing this program to encourage student to take action against bullying they might experience or see at school. Rules will be posted in the school and teachers will talk about the rules with their students. Shikellamy School District is committed to addressing the problem of bullying. This middle school initiative is to decrease bullying and increase positive school climate. All the middle school teachers have been trained in and will be implementing the Olweus bullying Prevention Program. The program is an evidence-based violence prevention program that has been shown to decrease bullying and increase positive school-climate when implemented as intended by the study. The success of this program depends on the involvement and dedication of the school staff, associates, administrators, parents, and students. 
If you want to learn more about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, following this link to the Olweus website.
  1. We will not bully others
  2. We will try to help students who are bullied
  3. We will try to include students who are left out
  4. If we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell and adult at school and an adult at home 
 Classroom Meetings
One of the main components to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is the Classroom Meetings. A schedule will be adopted for all students to attend the classroom meeting where a teacher will be with a group of students for discussion and activities. This purpose of these meetings is to:
  • build a sense of class cohesion and community
  • teach the rules and consequences of bullying
  • help students understand their role in bullying situations and  how they can help students who are being bullied
  • address issues about bullying as they arise
  • address a variety of other issues more or less related to bullying 
 Besides focusing on various aspects of bullying, teachers will use the is time to address additional related themes and topics, such as conflict resolution, friendship, or communication: important life skills for middle school students. 
If you have questions about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, please call the guidance office at 286-3736 and the school guidance counselor will answer any questions you might have about this program.