Bully Prevention Program
Liberty Middle School Bully Prevention Rules
1. We will not bully others.
2. We will help students who are bullied.
3. We will include students who are easily left out.
4. When we know someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
If you or your child has any questions about the program, or bullying itself, please feel free to contact our guidance department.
Discuss with your child his day at school
Bullies pick on kids when teachers aren't around to stop them, so encourage your child to talk about his trip to and from school and how he feels about the kids in his class. Try open-ended questions: "What was fun today? What was the worst problem you had?"
Talk about teasing
A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 54 percent of 8- to 11-year-olds and 40 percent of 12- to 15-year-olds want more information on how to handle bullying or teasing. Find out what rules your child's school has about bullying, and share the information with him. Encourage him to tell you or a teacher about any harassment.
Look for signs that your child is being bullied
Many victims of bullying are often too scared or embarrassed to reveal their plight, so watch for the following: He's having trouble sleeping, cries for no apparent reason, has unexplained injuries, has torn clothing or missing possessions, has lost his appetite, has a sudden aversion to school or has become sullen, withdrawn or clingy.
If your child is being bullied, schedule a meeting with a school administrator and give him/her a written report on what happened. Ask what she's going to do about it and write down her answer. If she fails to follow through-or the problem persists-talk to the school superintendent or board of education.
Students take a stand against bullying during an assembly.