At BBES, we do our very best to create a safe and nurturing environment for all of our students. We teach bullying prevention strategies so that students feel prepared to advocate for themselves and others. We also work with students to recognize the difference between peer conflict and bullying. Here are some basic differences:
Normal Peer Conflict
Peers have equal power or are friends with each other. Conflict happens occasionally or rarely. May be accidental. May not be serious; no threat of harm. Equal emotional reaction from both peers. Not seeking power or attention and not trying to gain something. General remorse – will want to take responsibility. Effort on both sides to solve the problem.
Imbalance of power between peers; not friends. Repeated negative actions that happens often. Purposefully done. Serious with threat of physical or emotional harm. Strong emotional reaction from victim and little or no emotional reaction from bully. Seeking power, control or material things. No remorse – bully blames victim; no guilt from bully. No effort to solve the problem. *Adapted from Bully-Proofing Your School, 2004
Our students are taught PIC to identify bullying: P- Purposeful I- Imbalance of Power C- Continual
Bollman Bridge Students take the "Bully Free Pledge" early each school year:
I promise not to bully. I promise to help those who are bullied. I promise to respect others and to treat other people as I would like to be treated. I promise not to hit others, exclude others or call others mean names. I promise to use the STAR steps to deal with bullies: Stick together! Tell the bully to stop! Alert an adult at school or at home. Respect others and treat them the way you would like to be treated! I promise to do my best to create a bully-free school!