Bullying Prevention and Education

  • Thompson School District was one of only 14 districts chosen to receive a Bully Prevention and Education Grant to implement sustainable programs in three schools, with the intention of replicating these programs across the district. For more information about the grant, please visit the Colorado Department of Education website

    Bully Prevention & Education Grant

    Niki Van Essen - Bully Prevention Implementation Coordinator
    Berthoud High School, High Plains K-8, Cottonwood Plains Elementary School 

    (970) 613-5780
    niki.vanessen@thompsonschools.org

    Niki Van Essen has worked in the Thompson School District since 2014. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Dakota and is currently working on her a Master’s Degree in Education through Colorado State University. Niki’s background includes training through PBIS, Restorative Practices, Crisis Prevention Intervention, and Cognitive Coaching. In this role, Niki will work with the staff and students from the three grant schools (Cottonwood Plains Elementary, Berthoud High School, and High Plains School) to implement bully prevention efforts and strategies. Her hope is to create a model that can be shared across the district to improve the lives of thousands of students in the Thompson School District.

    What is Bullying?

    Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying can affect everyone—those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide. (stopbullying.gov)

    Boys on the playground

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    School District Policies...

    "The Board of Education believes that all students are entitled to a safe and secure school environment, conducive to teaching and learning that is free from threat, harassment, and any type of bullying behavior."

    "This includes but is not limited to such expression, act or gesture directed toward a student on the basis of that student's race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, disability or academic performance. As used in this policy and as defined by Colorado statute, "sexual orientation" means an individual's orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or transgender status, or another individual's perception thereof."

    "A student who engages in any act of bullying will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action including but not limited to suspension, expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement authorities. The severity and pattern, if any, of the bullying behavior shall be taken into consideration when disciplinary decisions are made."

    Bullying or Typical Peer Conflict?

    While any act of meanness, harassment, or aggression is taken seriously, it is important to make sure that the unwanted actions you are experiencing are indeed bullying. Consult the image below in order to decide if you are experiencing bullying or typical peer conflict.

    Table of Bullying vs Teasing


    Dealing with Peer Conflict

    Four Conflict Resolution Techniques for School Children

    Navigating Social life in Middle and High School

    When to report bullying?

    After deciding that that you are a target of bullying, it is important to take immediate action, especially if the actions demonstrated by the other student/s are making you feel unsafe. If you notice that you are unable to concentrate in class, be happy with your friends, be open with your family, or are starting to see a change in your behavior and attitude as a result of how you are being treated, then it is time to speak up!

    Staff have been trained to take every report of bullying seriously, and will follow specific steps to ensure that the bullying stops and that everyone is feeling safe and secure inside and outside of school.

    While it is encouraged that you talk to someone, we understand that some may wish to remain anonymous when reporting bullying. You can click on the image below to make an anonymous report for yourself or for someone you know is being bullied.

    Safe2Tell Make a call. Make a difference.

     


    Resources

    Educator's Guide to Combat Bullying   https://www.teacher.org/resource/bullying/

    Anti-Bulling Blog    http://antibullyingblog.blogspot.com/

    Bullying    https://bullying.org/

    Cyber Smile     https://www.cybersmile.org/

    Know Bullying .  https://store.samhsa.gov/apps/knowbullying/

    National Bully Prevention Center    http://www.pacer.org/bullying/

    No Bullying    https://nobullying.com

    Stand for Courage    http://www.standforcourage.org/

    Stomp Out Bullying   http://www.stompoutbullying.org/

    Stop Bullying   https://www.stopbullying.gov/

    Stop Bullying Now     http://www.stopbullyingnowfoundation.org/main/

    The Bully Project  http://www.thebullyproject.com/