Wilson County schools took proactive steps to stop and prevent bullying by adopting the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program recently.
The research-based schoolwide “systems-change” program is used in schools all over the country and around the world.
The program is not a curriculum that students participate in for only a few weeks. Rather, it is a coordinated effort by all adults in the school to supervise and intervene when any bullying happens. As part of the program, students participate in weekly class meetings to learn about the effects of bullying, what they can do about it and how they can work with adults at schools to put a stop to it even as bystanders. Parents will have meetings, too, so they can support the messages students are getting in school.
“This type of program is about changing the whole school climate to make it a safer, more positive place to learn,” said David Burton, director of safety. “One change that many schools have noticed after using this program for a year or two is that students actually like school better. It makes sense – it’s hard to learn if you’re afraid or if other students are mean to you.”
Implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a long-term commitment to making Wilson County Schools a safer, more positive place to be, Burton said.
For ways to become involved, contact Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-444-3282.