Bullying Policy

Bullying

Tryon Elementary School takes a progressive approach to Bullying.

We feel Bullying is best handled by our school working with children to give them a positive attitude about themselves and their peers. Each case will be handled individually while maintaining the intent of this policy. Consequences will reflect the manner of the incident.  Several school programs we offer students as an alternative to bullying such as:

Don’t Wait  To Be great

Student Of The Day

Reader’s Theater

School Plays

School/Community activities.

Parent workshops for Bullying. 2013, 2014.

Quest speakers.


Definition and discussion were found @ www.stopbullying.gov

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

 

Types of Bullying

 

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Leaving someone out on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Spreading rumors about someone
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves harming a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

 

Closing:

In closing, I would like to thank all those that go the extra mile Tryon Elementary School. It is people like you that make our school special.


A copy of this policy will be available in the office for interested parents.