By: Peyton Gelinger/Sophomore Writer
Every other Thursday, all classes are shortened by six minutes to add in an extra period. During this period, the high school par takes in a career advisement period, and the middle school has an anti bullying program called The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
The Olweus program is available for K-12 grade put is currently being used by 6-8 grades. The program’s goal is to make a bully free school environment along with reducing bullying behaviors. This program also aims to improve social behaviors such as vandalism, antisocial behaviors, and truancy. This program can teach students skills, such as how to prevent bullying and how they can deal with situations involving bullies. If you would like to know more about the Olweus program you can check out their website: https://olweus.sites.clemson.edu/.
However, the middle school teachers are working together to make there own kind of bullying prevention program for next school year. This networking program will include bullying prevention and kindness service projects. The goal of creating this program will still be to raise awareness of bullying, but trying to make it more personalized to situations that students may face around this school or area, and be more selective of the topics they cover.
Mrs. Lisa Stepniak says that some of the activities they will do during this period may include sitting in a circle or watching a short video about bullying. They will talk about what they are going over and they will also offer advise on how to best handle scenarios. They also received the results of a poll that the students had taken on places bullying has occurred around the school and plan to talk about more in depth scenarios that they are all familiar with.
Ms. Jaclyn Lynch had said that the scripted meetings will give scenarios, videos, and topics that spark discussion among the students. They will also, with the Olweus Program, to discuss the definition of bullying, causes of bullying, and ways to prevent it.
When asked why it is important to teach students about bullying, Lynch said, “Students need to be empowered to deal with differences and be kind to each other.”
Bullying prevention and teaching students about bullying in the classroom is important, and Blue Ridge plans to continue anti-bullying programs for years to come.