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What is bullying

 

Bullying is persistent unwanted behavior that can include criticism, nit-picking, fault-finding, exclusion, isolation, being singled-out and treated differently, being shouted at, and humiliated.  Bully behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying can be making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically/verbally, and/or excluding someone from a group on purpose.

 

Steps to follow for parents of a child who is being bullied

 

What to do if your child is being bullied at school

  • Never tell your child to ignore the bullying. Bullying can become more serious if it is ignored.
  • Listen carefully for facts about the situation.
  • Do not encourage physical retaliation (“Just hit them back”) as a solution. Hitting another student could lead to a suspension, recommendation for expulsion and/or escalate the situation because it violates school policy.

·         Complaints will be investigated promptly, thoroughly and confidentially.  Reports by students may be made anonymously, but formal disciplinary action cannot be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report.

1. Contact a school administrator immediately.

Call New Ellenton Middle School at 803-652-8200 to contact:

1)      Mrs. Shunte Dugar, Principal, sdugar@acpsd.net

2)      Mr. Steven Kolodizieizyck, Assistant Principal, skolodizieizyck@acpsd.net

3)      Mrs. Bridget Kearse, Guidance Counselor, bkearse@acpsd.net

  • Parents should report bullying to school officials.  Reporting is necessary to stop bullying.
  • Provide the facts about the incident (who, what, when, where, and how).
  • The Aiken County Code of Student Conduct will be followed for consequences resulting from bullying, including parent contact of all students involved.
  • If the bullying continues, please contact school administrators for a follow-up.

 

Steps to follow for students who are being bullied


Your rights

You have the right to be in an environment that is free from bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence.

Report bullying immediately

·         Whether verbal, written or cyber bullying, tell a school official.

·         Reporting that you are being bullied is NOT snitching, it is getting help with the problem.

·         Continue to make a report if the bullying does not stop after your first report.

·         Put your concern in writing – Write down what happened including the names of any witnesses.  Hand-deliver your statement to the principal or designee.

·         Tell your parents.  Keep them informed of what is happening at school.

 

Steps to follow if someone else is being bullied

  1. You can make an anonymous report.  All reports are confidential and treated as anonymous.
  2. Refuse to join in if you see someone being bullied.
  3. Report any bullying that you witness.
  4. Talk to a school administrator about the situation and do not repeat it to other students.
  5. Complete a witness statement (incident report) in the office.

 

Sources for additional information to help identify and stop bullying

http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/

http://www.bullyonline.org/