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Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011

Students cannot learn when they are afraid. So, as we start the new school year, we want to make sure that school is a safe place for all students.  
One way to do this is to eliminate bullying. And, there is no better time to recommit to this effort than October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month
Bullying has existed for generations, but that does not mean that it is an acceptable behavior.  It is, in fact, a learned behavior and is damaging to victims and bullies.  By working together, we can eliminate bulling and harassment from our schools.  

First, it is important to know what bullying is. In general, bullying is:

  • Using social or physical power against another person.  Examples of this would be shoving, hitting, or intentionally keeping someone out of a popular social group.
  • Hurting, scaring, or being mean to someone on purpose.  Examples would include teasing in a mean way or spreading rumors about someone.
  • Repeated – it is behavior that happens over and over.

Bullying can also take many forms.  It can be:

  • Physical (shoving, hitting, tripping),
  • Verbal (name calling, taunting, teasing, racial slurs),
  • Non-verbal (nasty looks, excluding on purpose), or
  • Written – including cyber-bullying where individuals use emails, blogs, websites, text messaging, and other electronic means to inflict harm on someone.

To eliminate bullying, we need everyone’s help.  First, talk to your child about bullying and encourage him or her to share concerns with you.  It is important that we all recognize bullying behaviors, take action when we see bullying, and support the victim.
If you have questions or concerns about bullying, want to report an incident, or are concerned that a child is being bullied at school, please contact your school’s principal.  
Anyone can report suspected bullying behavior by completing the Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form, which is available in each school and on the school system’s website (www.calvertnet.k12.md.us) in the Forms section of the Parent Information page.