OLWEUS BULLY PREVENTION PROGRAM
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is one of the best-known bullying prevention programs
available to school divisions and is a long-term, system-wide program for change. The program was
created from thirty-five years of research and successful implementation of school programs worldwide.
What is Bullying?
"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part
of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself."
This definition includes three important components:
• Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.
• Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
• Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.
Types of Bullying
• Verbal bullying including derogatory comments and bad names
• Bullying through social exclusion or isolation
• Physical bullying such as hitting, kicking, shoving, and spitting
• Bullying through lies and false rumors
• Having money or other things taken or damaged by students who bully
• Being threatened or being forced to do things by students who bully
• Racial bullying
• Sexual bullying
• Cyber bullying (via cell phone or Internet)
Impact of Bullying
A single student who bullies can have a wide-ranging impact on the students they bully, students who
observe bullying, and the overall climate of the school and community. Students deserve to feel safe at
school. But when they experience bullying, these types of effects can last long into their future:
• Low self-esteem
• Health problems
• Poor grades
• Suicidal thoughts
• Poor grade reports
• Perceives a negative climate at school
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program works to build positive relationships among students and is for
all students, not just those who are being bullied or who are bullying others. Bullying is not “kids being
kids” or something that students just need to deal with. Parents/guardians also, play a key role in the
program. If a child is bullied, he/she should tell their parents and/or an adult at school. It is very
important that parents take bullying seriously and report any incidents to the school staff.
The staff of Orange County Public Schools is committed to creating a safe school environment, free of
bullying and harassment.
If you have any questions about bullying or the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, please contact your
child’s guidance counselor or administrator.
Gordon-Barbour Elementary School Lightfoot Elementary School
Dr. Jen Curtis, Principal Mrs. Judy Anderson, Principal
Ms. Karen McKean, Counselor Ms. Alison Neal, Counselor
Locust Grove Elementary School Locust Grove Middle School
Mr. Jesse Magruder, Principal Mrs. Martha Roby, Principal
Mrs. Rose Devaney, Counselor Ms. Alison Walden, Counselor
Orange Elementary School Orange County High School
Mr. Bill Berry, Principal Mr. Frank Leech, Principal
Ms. Amy Carr, Counselor Mr. Dave Kohstall, Counselor
Prospect Heights Middle School Unionville Elementary School
Mr. Dan Phillips, Principal Mrs. Jewel Williams, Principal
Ms. Emily Seay Ms. Rebecca O’Tallah
Mr. Dave Kohstall Mr. Gene Kotulka
Olweus Bullying Specialist Director of Student Services
661-4300 ext. 1546 661-4550 ext. 1658
For more information about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, please use the following the link:
The references to bullying in The Orange County Public Schools 2010-2011 Parent-Student Handbook are
located on pgs. 53 and 55.