EPS is dedicated to preventing bullying. Do your part – Step In!
What is Bullying
Is so severe, pervasive, or objectively offensive that it substantially interferes with the student’s educational opportunties;
Places the student in actual or reasonable fear of harm;
Places the student in actual and reasonable fear of damage to property of the student;
or Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the public school.
Is it Bullying or something else?
1. An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
2. Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Learn more about bullying at the Dept of Education – StopBullying.gov web site. Filled with information on how to identify bullying behaviors for Kids through young adults. Learn how to help a friend and recognize behaviors of those around you that may be affected by bullying.
If you are being bullied
The first priority is always your safety. Here are some strategies for you to consider:
- Tell them to stop.
- Walk away. Do not let them get to you. If you walk away or ignore them, they will not get that satisfaction.
- Protect yourself. Sometimes you cannot walk away. If you are being physically hurt, protect yourself so that you can get away.
- Tell an adult you trust. Talking to someone could help you figure out the best ways to deal with the problem. In some cases, adults need to get involved for the bullying to stop. Report it.
- Find a safe place. Go somewhere that you feel safe and secure like the library, a favorite teacher’s classroom, or the office.
- Stick together. Stay with a group or individuals that you trust.
- Find opportunities to make new friends. Explore your interests and join school or community activities such as sports, drama, or art. Volunteer or participate in community service.