Pipestone Area Schools has a zero tolerance policy on bullying. Our district trains all staff members to ensure they have the resources and knowledge/understanding in order to work with a bully or students who are being bullied. Our staff does an exceptional job identifying students who are victims of bullying and also identifying a bully.
As the school counselor I meet with students who may be experiencing bullying or acting as a bully. Along with meeting with students individually while working through a bullying situation, I also do small groups with the students and particular lessons in the classroom regarding bullying.
Bullying: An 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. (stopbullying.gov)
Bystander: Someone who sees bullying behavior
Victim: Someone who is hurt by bullying behavior repeatedly
Bully: Someone with greater power who hurts someone with less power repeatedly
Types of Bullying:
Verbal: Teasing, Name-Calling, Inappropriate sexual comments, Taunting, Threatening to cause harm
Social Bullying: Leaving someone out on purpose, Telling other children not be friends with someone, Spreading rumors
Physical Bullying: Hitting, Kicking, Spitting, Tripping, Pushing, Taking or breaking someone's things, Making mean or rude hand gestures
Please always error on the side of caution and report any type of bullying behavior!