• Students, welcome to the OLWEUS page for you!! We are hoping that the following pages will help you with any questions you might have about OLWEUS, and as always, do not hesitate to see your teachers or your administration if you need help.

     

    What is bullying?

    Bullying is one of the most difficult issues students face. Even with a school’s best efforts, students may still experience bullying in classrooms, school hallways, the lunchroom and the playground or athletic fields. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today. Implemented at the school, classroom, and individual levels, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to reduce bullying, prevent future bullying, and improve relationships at every level.

     

    What is OLWEUS?

    The Olweus [pronounced Ol-VEY-us] Bullying Prevention Program is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. Its goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program involves every aspect of the school setting.  Administrators, faculty and staff members at Case Middle School have received program training.  Students participate in the program throughout the year and have regular lessons, classroom meetings and activities.

     

    Bullying Rules:

    Four building rules apply to bullying. In our bully-free school, we will:

    • Not bully others
    • Help students who are bullied
    • Include all students who are left out
    • Tell an adult at school and home when someone is bullied

     

    Class Meetings:

    Class meetings are an integral part of the program. Students meet in groups and are presented with interactive and age-appropriate material about how they can decrease and prevent bullying in their school. They have opportunities to share their experiences and learn from each other in a supportive environment.

     

    Different Types of Bullying:

    Cyber Bullying

    Cyber bullying is bullying through e-mail, instant messaging, in a chat room, on a website or through digital messages or images sent to a cell phone.  A recent study of 3,767 middle school students showed that 18% had been cyber bullied at least once in the last 2 months (girls twice as many times than boys) and that 11% had cyber bullied others at least once (girls somewhat more than boys)

     

    BULLYING – OFF CAMPUS MISCONDUCT

     Students may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension from school, when they engage in bullying and off campus misconduct that endangers the health and safety of students or staff within the school or substantially disrupts the educational process. Bullying consists of inappropriate, persistent behavior including threats or intimidation of others, treating others cruelly, terrorizing, coercing, or habitual put-downs and/or badgering others. Examples of such off-campus misconduct include, but are not limited to:

     1.   Cyberbullying (i.e., inflicting willful and repeated harm through the use of electronic text).

     2.    Threatening or harassing students or school personnel over the phone or other electronic medium.

     3.     Using message boards to convey threats, derogatory comments or post pornographic pictures of students or school personnel.

     If you have concerns that you may have witnessed or are a victim of off campus bullying please contact your school administrator immediately or complete the Case Middle School Bully Incident Report.

     

    SEXUAL HARASSMENT  

     Sexual Harassment Defined:

     “Sexual harassment” means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct, or other verbal or physical conduct, or communication of a sexual nature when:

     1.  submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, of an employee’s employment or a student’s education (including any aspect of the student’s participation in school-sponsored activities, or any other aspect of the student’s education); or

    2.  submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting an employee’s employment or a student’s education;

     3.  Or the conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an employee’s work performance or a student’s academic performance or participation in school-sponsored activities, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.

    If you have concerns that you may have witnessed or are a victim of sexual harassment please contact your school administrator immediately.

     

    link to bullying incident reporting form: https://www.watertowncsd.org/webpages/owebpage/students.cfm?subpage=71425

     

     

    OLWEUS


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    Bullying Rules:

    Four building rules apply to bullying. In our bully-free school, we will:

    • Not bully others
    • Help students who are bullied
    • Include all students who are left out
    • Tell an adult at school and home when someone is bullied

     

    Class Meetings:

    Class meetings are an integral part of the program. Students meet in groups and are presented with interactive and age-appropriate material about how they can decrease and prevent bullying in their school. They have opportunities to share their experiences and learn from each other in a supportive environment.

     

    Activities include, but are not limited to:

     Dissection of bullying scenarios

     Formulating appropriate responses to bullying

     What is bullying?

     How not to be a bystander?

     Understanding the bullying cycle, moving from bystander to engaged defender.

     Role playing in different bullying scenarios

     How to be a good friend and defender

     Sarcasm and the Media, talking nice to each other

     Bullying in history, the Holocaust and other social catastrophes

     Studying Bullying in Film, why real life is NOT like the movies and what to do when things go wrong

     Science: behavior patterns in bullying and human adaptations.

     

     link to bullying incident reporting form: https://www.watertowncsd.org/webpages/owebpage/students.cfm?subpage=71425

     

    OLWEUS

    What Does Bullying Behavior Look Like?

    Adapted from David Fitzgerald: Bullying in our Schools

     

    • Aggressive attitude and dominate behaviors toward others
    • Sullen, secretive and difficult to approach received a number of reports from other children about fighting or bullying
    • Regularly has jewelry, clothes or money which cannot be accounted for
    • Seen a particular child deliberately hurt another child

    Have evidence that a child has vandalized or damaged someone’s property

    • Likes to use others to get what he/she wants
    • Constantly tells lies about his/her behavior
    • When questioned, the child justifies the inappropriate behavior in the most strident and often surly terms and refuses to admit to doing anything wrong or accepting blame
    • When admitting wrongdoing, there is no real remorse or sense of empathy
    • Appears to enjoy hurting others and seeing them suffer, viewing weaker siblings as prey
    • Other children are intimidated by being nervous or silent in the particular child’s presence
    • Has changed friends and demonstrates more aggressive and deviant behaviors
    • Other children tell lies to protect a particular child
    • Lacks foresight to consider consequences of his/her behavior
    • Refuses to take responsibility for actions (external locus of control)

     

    Bullying Incident Report Form

    Here is a copy of the form that is used to report Bullying Incidents. These forms are available in school classrooms and the main office. Forms are to be turned into the main office.

     

    Case Middle School Bullying Incident Report

    Your Name                         ________________________________                                           Grade ______

     

    Who is Being Bullied?     ________________________________                                           Grade ______

     

    Date of Incident(s)          ________________________________

     

    Have you reported other incidents about this same person?         Yes      No   If yes, to who? ________________                    

     

    Where did the incident(s) happen? Choose all that apply.

     

    • Auditorium / Independent Reading
    • Cafeteria
    • Classroom
    • Gym
    • Hallway
    • Locker Room
    • Stairwell
    • School Bus / Bus Stop
    • Electronic

     

    • Facebook
    • Texting
    • Other: _________________

     

    Which Statement(s) best describe the incident(s)? Choose all that apply.

     

    • Being made the target of jokes
    • Excluding or rejecting a student, asking others to turn against a student
    • Getting another person to hit or harm the student
    • Hitting, kicking, spitting, hair pulling, or throwing something at student
    • Intimidating, harassing
    • Spreading harmful rumors or gossip
    • Teasing, name-calling, making critical remarks
    • Threatening a student
    • Other: _________________________________

     

    Describe the incident below and attach any documents (letters, email, facebook pages, etc):

     

     

     

    Please check back often, this page will be updated throughout the year

     

     

    Bullying Incident Report Form