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Bully Free Schools. K-6 Bullying Prevention Program Faculty Update March 2008. In February 2003 declared “that bullying disrupts a school’s ability to educate students and threatens public safety by creating an atmosphere in which such behavior can escalate into violence”.

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Bully free schools

Bully Free Schools

K-6 Bullying Prevention Program

Faculty Update

March 2008

Ri general assembly action

In February 2003 declared “that bullying disrupts a school’s ability to educate students and threatens public safety by creating an atmosphere in which such behavior can escalate into violence”

By September 2004 require every district to have policy that addresses bullying and ensures protection of the right of all students to learn in a safe and supportive environment free from harassment, intimidation or bullying.

RI General Assembly Action

Cranston public school policy

Cranston Public School Policy

“The Cranston Public Schools recognizes that each student, staff member, teacher, and administrator has a right to attend/or work in schools, that are safe and secure and are conducive to learning, free from threat of physical or emotional harm, actual or implied. It is the policy of the CPS that harassment and/or bullying of students by other students, personnel, or the public will not be tolerated.”

Anti bullying policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

“This policy is in effect while students are on school grounds or property immediately adjacent , using school transportation, at bus stops, or attending school-sponsored activities, and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the school district.”

Definition of bullying

Definition of Bullying

Bullying occurs when an individual or group, while at school, intentionally assaults, batters, threatens, harasses, stalks, menaces, intimidates, extorts, humiliates, taunts, shuns or maliciously spreads rumors about others or participates in the organizing of others to engage in any of the aforementioned.

Bullying verbal written or physical behavior usually of some duration

Social Emotional

intentionally unfriendly

name-calling, sarcasm,

spreading rumors,


deliberately excluding,

treating with disrespect

tormenting (i.e.hiding books, threatening gestures)

Bullying: verbal, written or physical behavior usually of some duration.






Pushing, kicking, hitting, any use of violence

racial taunts, graffiti, gestures

unwanted physical attention or contact, sexually abusive comments

focusing on sexuality or sexual preference




“Any incidences of abusive behavior ( verbal, written or physical) including, but not limited to, bullying, harassment, (including sexual harassment as defined by CPS policy #5141.31), blackmail, extortion, intimidation, threats, unwanted physical contact of any kind or fighting will be addressed in accordance with the language regarding such contained in both the secondary and elementary editions of the CPS Disciplinary Policy and Procedure Handbook.”



  • Any student or employee being harassed, intimidated or bullied should report incident

  • Anyone with information or knowledge of harassing, intimidating or bullying behavior is obligated to report

  • All accusations are to be investigated

  • Appropriate disciplinary sanctions shall be applied

Treatment of bullies victims

Identify bully behavior

Keep log of incidents

Deal consistently with bullying incidents

Educate 1st time offender

Beware of punishment

Sanction if warranted

Identify resources

Listen/take seriously

Intervene/do not minimize

Provide support

Do not force to face bully

Identify resources

Treatment ofBullies Victims

K 6 bullying prevention program

K-6 Bullying Prevention Program

  • Counselors collaborated to develop best practice lessons for use citywide with all K-6 students

  • Students and staff in 6 schools (Eden Park, Garden City, Gladstone, Hope Highlands, Rhodes, Stadium) participated in a cutting edge research project with UMass last spring to evaluate program effectiveness

  • 1,376 students and 261 staff participated in the study

Research project results

Research Project Results

  • Students districtwide showed highly statistically significant gains in learning the bullying information presented by counselors

  • pre/post common assessments showed growth from 60% pre to 95% post

  • Staff surveys showed significant pre to post improvement in student behavior regarding bullying behavior

School climate results

School Climate Results

  • Most students and staff reported finding the school safe

  • Almost all staff reported being able to stop bullying

  • Most 1st and 2nd graders believe staff respond to bullying

  • 81% of 3rd to 5th graders would ask an adult for help

School climate research results

School Climate Research Results

  • Increase in reporting bullying behaviors after lessons

  • Increased reporting contributes to reducing bullying behavior

  • 50% or more report seeing children being left out and seeing children fighting at school

More school climate responses

More School Climate Responses

  • Only 65% of 3rd to 5th graders report students sticking up for others

  • Only 57% of 3rd to 5th graders reported that adults know about the bullying that goes on

  • 9% of 3rd to 5th graders reported having been bullied the previous week

How can you help

How Can You Help?

  • Take bullying reports seriously

  • Intervene, listen

  • Report bullying incidents to the principal

  • Follow through consistently every day

  • Do not minimize bullying as a rite of passage

  • Do not accept bullying as a right of adults

  • Reinforce learning from Guidance lessons

Use common language

Use Common Language

  • Kindergarten: use mean behavior versus bully

  • 1st grade: use bully, target and bystander

  • 2nd grade: add follower, defender

  • 3rd grade: add supporters, possible defenders

  • 4th grade: all of the above

  • 5th grade: all of the above

  • 6th grade: all of the above

Our challenge

Our Challenge

Stop Bullying Now!

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