|Bullying prevention program begins at Wilson County Schools|
|Tuesday, August 20, 2013|
All schools deal with the issue of bullying. Wilson County Schools is taking proactive steps to stop and prevent bullying by adopting the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
This research-based schoolwide “systems-change” program has been used successfully in schools all over the country and around the world with positive results.
This program is not a curriculum that students participate in for only a few weeks.
Rather, it is a coordinated effort by all the adults in the school to supervise and intervene when any bullying happens.
As part of the program, students participate in weekly class meetings to learn about the effects of bullying, what they can do about it, and how they can work with adults at school to put a stop to it even as bystanders.
Parents will have meetings, too, so they can support the messages students are getting in school.
Director of Safety, David Burton said, “This type of program is about changing the whole school climate to make it a safer, more positive place to learn. One change that many schools have noticed after using this program for a year or two is that students actually like school better. It makes sense— it’s hard to learn if you’re afraid or if other students are mean to you.”
Implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a long-term commitment to making Wilson County Schools a safer, more positive place to be.