Middle School Bullying Program

OLWEUS bullying program

By: Kimberly Bryden/Junior Writer

What is bullying?

“Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or  hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending him or herself.” –OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program

Mrs. Dawn McHale stated that Mr. Pete Supko, Mrs. Dawn McHale, Mrs. Sarah Dibble-Camburn, Mrs. Lisa Stepniak, Mr. Tim Hutchins, and Mrs. Laurie Klenchik all are in a committee for a bullying program to reduce the problem.

“It is implementing staff trained and it consists of teachers giving students lessons of bullying,” says McHale.

Guidance teacher Dawn McHale

The kick-off is February 22nd, 2018 at 12:30 in the auditorium where there will be an assembly of awareness.  There’s also a social hour on February 23rd which is a middle school dance. The theme? “Spread The Love.”

It fully starts the 22nd and people meet every other week.

People are having meetings about what lessons to teach the students. The teachers are also trained for this program. They are also trying to get the community together to help stop bullying altogether.

According to the OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program brochure, there have been studies that more than 15,000 students in grades 6 through 10 are being bullied.

There are four anti-bullying rules the students need to follow:

  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.

These rules will be taught in all classrooms.

If students bully other students the students that are being bullied may become depressed and or have low self-esteem.  For adults: If you think or know your child is getting bullied, tell someone.


Kimberly Bryden is a junior in high school and a first year journalism student. Her plan for the future is to become a trauma nurse. She likes helping people and loves the excitement. She cares about her family and many others. Kimberly first started showing interest in becoming a trauma nurse when her grandmother became diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed in 2011.