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HSES is a No Bullying Zone!
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Wednesday, September 01, 2010
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Here at Holly Springs, we care greatly about the well-being and safety of our students.  We believe in providing students with a positive and safe learning environment.  As part of creating that positive, safe learning environment, we have adopted the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.  The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is simple, yet effective. 

According to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, bullying takes place when, "A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself (Olweus, Limber, Flerx, Mullin, Riese, Snyder, 2007, p.11).

Bullying can include a variety of actions including: physical harassment, verbal harassment, spreading rumors and gossip, sending mean messages on the internet or cell phone, or exclusion from the group of peers.

There are four basic anti-bullying rules of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program:

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 that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

In the classroom, teachers will conduct class meetings on a consistent basis in order to build a sense of community and family among peers.  During these class meetings, some of the following topics will be discussed:

•  In-depth discussion of the 4 anti-bullying rules
•  Understanding exactly what bullying is
•  Understanding the various roles that all students play in bullying situations
•  How to seek assistance from an adult if someone is being bullied
•  Specific peer-relationship issues as they arise

Holly Springs Elementary is proud to take a united stand against the issue of bullying.  Parents and guardians also play a key role taking a stand against bullying.  Your child will be asked to tell an adult at school and at home if he or she is bullied or sees bullying happening at school. Any reports of bullying can be made to a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, or administrator.

Olweus, P. D., Limber, P. S., Flerx, P. V., Mullin, N., Riese, J., & Snyder, P. D. (2007). Olweus

            Bullying Prevention Program: Schoolwide Guide. Center City, MN: Hazelden.

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