Bullying behavior may be the most frequent form of school violence. It requires that we examine why and how a child becomes a target or perpetrator of bullying-behavior. Bullying behavior also requires us to examine the role bystanders play in perpetuating the cycle, and importantly teach them strategies to intervene safely. Estimates are that about 160,000 students in the USA refuse to go to school because they dread the physical, verbal, or cyber aggression of their peers. These students also experience the disconnection from community that comes from being the target of rumors and cyber-bullying. Our desire is to educate, prevent, intervene, and support each student (whether a target of bullying behavior, or a perpetrator of the behavior) with the desired end result of eradicating interpersonal violence and increasing school-community relations.
Why Bullying Prevention is Important?
As of July 1, 2012 Assembly Bill 9—known as Seth’s Law requires public schools in California to update their anti-bullying policies and programs. The district must adopt a strong anti-bullying policy that specifically spells out prohibited bases for bullying, including sexual orientation and gender identity/gender expression. Adopt a specific process for receiving and investigating complaints of bullying, including a requirement that school personnel intervene if they witness bullying. Publicize the anti-bullying policy and complaint process, including posting the policy in all schools and offices. Post on the district website materials to support victims of bullying.
The OMI Bullying-Behavior Prevention Policy
A copy of the entire Bullying-Behavior Prevention policy is provided in the Cadet/Parent Handbook. To request a copy please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concerned about Bullying-Behavior?
Please contact either the Principals or the Commandant of Cadets immediately to discuss concerns about bullying behavior.