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B.A.N.D Bullying is not okay Ask for help No one deserves to be bullied Do your part AREA OF CONCERN: A group of friends stand in the hallway between classes talking about social things like boyfriends, fingernail polish and the slumber party tomorrow night. They seem very exclusive and aren’t paying attention to what’s going on around them… like Mark. Mark, a boy with bushy red hair and glasses, your typical nerd. He sits by the water fountain and stares at his lap reading a book. One of the girls spots him and gives a small nod of her head towards him. They all turn and look, giggling. Three of the girls break from the group and begin to walk towards him. He sees them through his peripheral vision and begins to think. Oh no, what’s going to happen to me? The popular girls are walking towards ME. Mark. Mark Higginbottom,” he thinks. Hello Mark,” the girl in the middle says with a smirk. People begin to gather around to see what’s going to happen. “We aren’t going to embarrass you,” she says. “We are just coming over here to tell you that…” she drifts off. “Oh. Good. Phew! But what could they want?” Mark thinks. “That… YOU ARE STUPID, UGLY, AND YOUR PANTS LOOK LIKE THEY WERE MADE IN THE 60’S!” she spat. All of the bystanders begin to laugh. The rumble carries throughout the entire school. Mark closed his eyes and burst through the crowd of students, running down the hallway, leaving a trail of tears behind him. Why do people bully? People bully because they are insecure. If the bully has problems at home, they may take out their anger at school, on easy targets. Bullying can also be caused by jealousy. If a girl is jealous of another because she thinks she’s “prettier”, then she might try and bring the other girl down to push herself to the top. When people put another down, it may make them feel higher up. Another reason people bully is because they think it’s cool. At our school, we had a lot of problems with bullying, parents calling, kids tattling, even people being sent to the office. The problem was, our students were not aware that their actions were hurting others. But, we discovered something. Maybe some of the situations weren’t really bullying, but it was just normal middle school behavior. CHALLENGES IDENTIFIED: When kids are being bullied, they don’t tell adults or “ask for help”. When kids do tell adults, adults don’t take kids seriously or don’t do anything about it. Suicide is also a result of bullying. Being bullied can cause kids to be distracted from their schoolwork. Bullying can cause a strong dislike of going to school. Children who bully are more likely to get involved in anti-social behavior such as: fighting, vandalism, dropping out of school, truancy, stealing, smoking and alcohol and/or drug abuse. Kids who are being bullied can experience fear, anxiety, depression, loneliness, low self-esteem, and physical or mental illness. According to the state rankings of bullying in America, Mississippi was ranked as the 35th best and 15th worst state to live in to avoid bullying. UNDERLYING PROBLEM: According to research, kids bully other kids all over the nation. How might we increase awareness to student actions constituting bullying so that fewer people are bullied in our school in 2011? SOLUTION IDEAS: Our team brainstormed several solution ideas and finally determined that education of students is the most practical and economical solution idea for our situation. Although some parts of other solutions ideas were used in our action plan, the main solution was education. Solution ideas are listed here: We will create a form that will go on the school’s website. This will allow students to anonymously fill out this form that collects bully information. The counselor will be notified by an automatic email generated by the form completion. Students and teachers will form an anonymous club that will monitor bullying in the courtyard, hallways, classrooms, cafeteria and on the bus. We will install cameras in the hallways that will monitor student activity. If there is an accusation, the principal can go to the video evidence to see if there is any footage of the situation. We can insert a drop box on the website that students can fill out to inform us where bullying is taking place and give suggestions on how to take care of it. We will make posters and hang them in the hallways to raise awareness of bullying. We will put links to helpful websites on the school website where victims can go to learn how to face bullies safely. We will make a public service video that shows different bullying situations to raise awareness of what bullying is. DESCRIPTION OF THE PLAN OF ACTION: After polling students we realized that most of them thought the actions they were doing was simply playing and did not realize that they were being considered and reported as bullies. To help them see from the perspective of the victims of bullying, we analyzed different bullying reports. After talking with our principal, we learned that most of the bullying reports were about cafeteria behavior, such as cutting line. Some reports occurred on the bus where students were saving seat for their friends and denied other students from sitting with them. Others involved name-calling or teasing. Very few of the reports involved actual violence between students. With this information, and after questioning students, we deduced that students really did not know that their actions were considered bullying. To help them understand what bullying is, we put together a humorous newscast. We did not use humor to make light of this issue. Humor was used to engage our students and hold their attention. We wrote skits and dialogue of various bullying scenarios. We filmed and edited each skit and created the newscast. We asked our principal if we could show the video to the student body and he agreed. Our social studies teachers recently had a guest speaker in their classrooms to address bullying, so we asked them to help us by addressing questions from students after they had viewed the video. They agreed to help us and also addressed any issues that arose from the questions our students asked. After the video, we talked with our principal again and he told us that the number of bullying reports had decreased. Timeline: August: We formed our team and brainstormed problems in our community. We considered several different ideas, but kept coming back to bullying in our school, because we have all seen it happen and some of us have even been victims of bullying. September: We started talking to the students in our school to see if they could give us input into the bullying situations in our school. We created a student survey to help collect data. We designed a website and included the survey as part of the website. October: We analyzed the data from the student surveys. We talked to our principal to see how many bullying reports he had in the office. We met with our social studies teachers and devised a plan to help reach more students in our school. The social studies teachers said they would help us by talking to students about bullying in each of their classes. They even had a guest speaker to meet with their classes and discuss bullying. November: We started planning our public service video and writing the scripts for each skit in the video. December: We recorded and edited the public service video and uploaded it to our website. We made announcements for students to go to the website to view the video. The social studies teachers also showed the video in their classes and then talked about it after students watched it. January: We met with the principal again to see if the number of bullying reports had reduced since we aired the public service video. The cases were down. February: We worked on our project to get it ready for competition. March: We presented our project at the State Affiliate Bowl and placed first. April: We continued to talk to students about bullying in our school. We formed a team of students and we watch for bullies in our hallways, courtyard, bus, and bathrooms because that is where most bullying occurs in our school. Students intervene if they see someone being bullied. Through our research we learned that even moving closer to a bully victim will reduce the chances the bully will continue his behavior. We also got our teachers more involved and now between bells, there is always a teacher posted at the bathroom entrance to allow only a few students in at a time. TEAM ORGINZATION Our team formed committees to distribute the tasks of this project. The committees were: Researchers • Overview - Perrin Bauder •Avery Robinson •Perrin Bauder • Challenges - Jayde Taylor •Jayde Taylor •Blake Newell •UP - Avery Robinson Media Contact Graphic Design and Technology •Solutions - Allen Durham and Graham •Anna Hall •Allen Durham Newell •Avery Robinson •Graham Newell •Plan of Action - Avery Robinson and •Brooke Albritton •Hunter Bates Jayde Taylor •Jayde Taylor •Niki Parsa Display Board •Perrin Bauder •Cameron Parsa •Jake Stewart •Allen Durham •Spencer Davis Scrapbook Multimedia & Publications •Anna Hall •Brooke Albritton Writing •Brooke Albritton RESOURCE IDENTIFICATION AND UTILIZATION: Our teams met with many people from our school and community. The school members included Mr. Peets, our principal, all the social studies teachers, and a guest speaker who specializes in bullying. Our team asked if we could conduct a poll and make a website. Our teacher told us about some people who could help our survey. We also did some research online to find many useful facts about bullying. Now the team has some useful information about bullying that we received by taking advantage of our local resources. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: We made a website to educate students about what actions are considered to be bullying. We used webs.com, so it didn’t cost anything, and named it operationBANDms.webs.com. It has surveys, feedback areas, and videos. We made a newscast video to help illustrate bullying situations that we learned were happening in our school after talking with our principal. We posted the PSA on our website and made announcements for students to view the videos that identify what bullying is and is not. We also emailed the video to WLBT News since we spoofed the characters from that newscast. The Chief Meteorologist emailed us back and said it was phenomenal. We coordinated with the Social Studies teachers in our school and asked them to help us address questions that students may have after they viewed the PSA video. Due to our work on this project, we have seen a decrease in the amount of bullying that used to take place on our campus. Our principal verified our observation by telling us that he receives fewer reports of bullying now. EVALUATION: The purpose of BAND was to reduce the amount of bullying in our school. Bullying is our problem, but what is our solution? That is where our CmPS team comes in. Our team of fifteen students has worked on analyzing the hallways of our school for signs of bullying, and the results were more than signs. We now realize that bullying is a major problem in our school, and we have to put an end to it. At first, we had no clue about how to solve it, but with 15 creative minds, we made a plan. The plan was to educate our students of the true meaning of bullying and to get them to show some empathy for those getting bullied so that they take action to change their behaviors and then maybe even take a stand for the victims. So far, our bullying at school has reduced enough to show that our plan is a success. Our principal acknowledges that the reports in his office have decreased. We have noticed new attitudes in our students as well. They seem friendlier and more accepting of all students. That shows that our solution was successful!
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