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Bullying Awareness and Prevention

The Rootstown Elementary School Student handbook states: “Bullying offenses are not subject to discretionary discipline. They are against the law. A proven violation will result in suspension and/or expulsion.”

We take bullying seriously and do not want any child to feel it is unsafe to come to school.

What We Do

Every year, each classroom has a lesson that illustrates what bullying is and the various types, as well as ways to prevent bullying or to deal with a bully. Classrooms have ongoing discussions throughout the year highlight the importance of friendship, inclusion, and kindness. Our PBIS method of recognizing the 3 R’s: Rovers are Respectful, Responsible, Role Models reinforces the appropriate behavior expectations and accomplishments. When students demonstrate the expectations they are rewarded for their work.

Why Do Students Bully?

  • To gain power
  • To get attention or become popular
  • To get material things
  • To act out problems at home
  • To copy another person they admire
  • Jealousy
  • May be unhappy with themselves

How Do Students Bully?

  • Fight, hit, punch, etc
  • Exclude others
  • Say mean things, start rumors, etc
  • Try to control others

What Can Happen to Children Who are Bullied?

  • They may feel scared, alone and/or sad
  • They may not like going to school
  • They may develop low self-esteem
  • They may feel physically ill (i.e. get headaches or stomachaches)

Ways to Stop a Bully

  • Confront the bully (example: “Leave me alone!”)
  • Stay away so you cannot be bullied
  • Ignore the bully
  • Walk away
  • Use an “I-Message”
  • Use humor
  • Talk it out
  • Tell a trusted adult (i.e., parent or guardian, school counselor, teacher, etc.)
  • Go with friends