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
- 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