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Helena students group gets anti-bullying grant

2012-05-01T00:22:00Z Helena students group gets anti-bullying grantIndependent Record Helena Independent Record
May 01, 2012 12:22 am  • 

Helena Health Occupation Students of America received a $2,000 grant from the Office of Public Instruction to develop projects that use anti-bullying lesson plans and teaching strategies in presentations to their peers throughout the district.

“Empowering students to lead the way on school and community efforts to prevent bullying is an important strategy in bullying prevention,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau. “Peer to peer influence is an extremely powerful tool that will help us create safe learning spaces where every student is treated with dignity and respect.”

A survey of young people in the area last year showed nearly 40 percent of junior high students and one fourth of high school students reported being bullied, and 18 percent of junior high and high school students reported being cyber-bullied. Last year, 41 percent of those surveyed said bullying is a problem in their school. The survey included about 14,500 Montana students in grades six through 12 surveyed about school climate.

“I want parents and students to feel secure in knowing that no matter what school students attend or what town they grow up in, practical guidelines and protections that offer clear definitions and transparent procedures for investigations will be in place,” said Juneau. “The Bully-Free Montana website will be a resource for schools, students and families who are trying to address and prevent bullying.”

In coordination with the student presentations, Juneau launched a new website to provide tools and support for schools, students and families on bullying prevention.

Resources included on the Bully Free Montana website include: model policies and procedures for schools, what students can do if they are being bullied or cyber-bullied, tips for parents and ways for schools to assess their effectiveness regarding bullying prevention and intervention.

Go to http://opi.mt.gov/bullyfree.

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(7) Comments

  1. WalleyeHunter
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    WalleyeHunter - May 01, 2012 10:49 pm
    This topic will probably always cause me to reminisce about Lil Timmy Ravndal showing up with 8 or 9 cranky scowling old farts to try and scare the legislative committee into shooting down the anti-bullying bill during the last legislative session.
  2. Cousin_Eddie
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    Cousin_Eddie - May 01, 2012 8:06 pm
    How about using the grant funds to bring in Dan Savage for an anti-bullying message? He certainly seems level-headed and unflappable. What could go wrong?
  3. dietz1963
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    dietz1963 - May 01, 2012 3:28 pm
    Not only the case Curmudgeon. Over 30 years ago when I was in school, and still going on today, bullying by those we wouldn't think would bully. The 4.0 student who also is varsity on some sport, popular with students, school staff, with well to do parents, good looks...what is lacking with their self esteem? I was pushed around by this group of folks for all sorts of stupid reasons, hair style, wearing glasses, being in a "sissy sport" (swimming) wearing wrangler jeans verses britania style...
  4. GreatWhite
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    GreatWhite - May 01, 2012 1:46 pm
    Curmudgeon said: "It might be some help if all victims, all non-bullies understood the bully's motivation, i.e., why bullies do what they do. All non-bullies should be clued in to the bully's deep, dark, personal secret that he/she does not want the victim to know. And that is:THE BULLY DOES NOT LIKE HIMSELF/HERSELF VERY MUCH!He/she believes that by tearing down the victim, he/she can build up him/her self. And it is a doomed effort, because, truth is: Nobody really likes a bully...not even him/her self.Bullies have very low self-esteem. Wish I'd known that some 65-70 years ago when I was being bullied in school."

    The words of truth and wisdom!! I did learn this at a young age. Only really had to deal with one bully, ended that problem in the 4 or 5th grade. Oddly enough, looking back, I don't think I helped his self-esteem any though! Then again, he just tride to find better victims...and I kept befriending those he tried to victimize!

    The cycle of life!!

    It's of small consequence when you are young and being bullied, but the roles usually kind of reverse when you become adults. The bullied open their eyes, and bullies realize how small they really are.

  5. skywatcher
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    skywatcher - May 01, 2012 11:24 am
    "talk softly and carry a big stick"
  6. dolphind3
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    dolphind3 - May 01, 2012 10:55 am
    Bullying is getting tougher and tougher to fight
  7. Curmudgeon
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    Curmudgeon - May 01, 2012 10:46 am
    It might be some help if all victims, all non-bullies understood the bully's motivation, i.e., why bullies do what they do. All non-bullies should be clued in to the bully's deep, dark, personal secret that he/she does not want the victim to know. And that is:

    THE BULLY DOES NOT LIKE HIMSELF/HERSELF VERY MUCH!

    He/she believes that by tearing down the victim, he/she can build up him/her self. And it is a doomed effort, because, truth is: Nobody really likes a bully...not even him/her self.

    Bullies have very low self-esteem. Wish I'd known that some 65-70 years ago when I was being bullied in school.

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