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C u r b B u l l y i n g ,
H a r a s s m e n t , o r
I n t i m i d a t i o n Bullying Is Not a Fact of Life, U.S. Department of Bullying,
Don’t ignore name calling, teasing, and
Health and Human Services
meanness. Bullying in Schools: What You Need to Know
by Paul Langan
Model and teach appropriate behaviors.
Survey students to see if bullying is an issue
Character Matters: How to Help Our Children De- Intimidation
velop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential
at your school.
Virtues by Thomas Lickona
Educate students about bullying, including
Discipline That Restores: Strategies to Create
what to do if they are bullied or if they
Respect, Cooperation, and Responsibility in the
Classroom by Ron and Roxanne Claassen
Have students sign no-bullying contracts.
Smart and Good High Schools: Integrating Excel-
Policy 5580: The Board of Education
lence and Ethics for Success in School, Work, and
Support individual and group counseling for of Baltimore County prohibits
Beyond by Matt Davidson and Thomas Lickona students engaging in intentional
bullies, victims, and bystanders.
conduct involving bullying,
The Little Book of Circle Processes by Kay Pranis harassment, or intimidation that
Provide “safe” areas for kids having prob- substantially interferes with a
lems and a secure location to report bully- Programs student’s educational opportunities.
The Board prohibits any reprisal or
ing, harassment, or intimidation.
Second Step Violence Prevention Program retaliation against an individual who
reports an act of bullying,
Monitor all areas accessible to students.
harassment, or intimidation.
Why Try? Program
Help students practice appropriate ways of
responding to bullying behaviors through
activities like role playing and script writing. www.stopbullyingnow.org
Encourage students who feel bullied to www.modelprograms,samhsa.gov
B A L T I M O R E
O F F I C E O F
C O U N T Y
S A F E A N D D
P U B L I
R U G - F
C S C H O O L S
R E E S C H O O L S
O F F I C E O F S C H O O L C O U N S E L I N G
always travel with friends. O F F I C E O F H E A L T H E D U C A T I O N
Provide opportunities for character develop- Dr. Joe A. Hairston, Superintendent
ment, service learning, and team-building Baltimore County Public Schools
activities. Department of Student Support Services
9610 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 219
Baltimore, Maryland 21220
What is What is
Bullying, a behavior once considered a rite of passage and
harmless, research now suggests has far-reaching effects on
victims, bystanders, and perpetrators, including a decreased
interest in school and a diminished sense of safety and well- A person is intimidated when he/she is subjected to
A person is bullied when he/she is exposed to inten- intentional action that seriously threatens and in-
being. Statistics also suggest that school-aged bullying may be a
tional negative actions on the part of one or more duces a sense of fear and/or inferiority, and whose
gateway to the judicial system, as 60 percent of school-aged
students, and whose ability to participate in or ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s
bullies commit crimes by adulthood.
benefit from the school’s educational programs or educational programs or activities is adversely af-
activities is adversely affected. Bullying often occurs The Baltimore County Public Schools implements a variety of
repeatedly and over time. programs and practices to address bullying in schools:
Student Handbook School Code of Conduct What is
School Counseling Character Education Cyberbullying?
Health Education Curriculum Positive Behavior Programs
Public Service Announcements Safe Schools Conference
Cyberbullying is harassing, humiliating, intimidating,
Second Step Program Why Try? Program or threatening others through information and
A person is harassed when he/she perceives or The Daily Rap Program Community Conferencing communication technologies such as mobile phone
actually experiences discomfort with identity issues text messages, e-mails, phone calls, Internet chat
House Bill 407, the Safe Schools Reporting Act, was signed into
in regard to race, color, national origin, gender, rooms, instant text messaging, and social network-
law in July 2005. The law requires the Maryland State Depart-
disability, sexual orientation, religion, or other iden- ing Web sites such as MySpace, FaceBook, and
ment of Education to track instances of bullying in all of the
tifying characteristics, and whose ability to partici- Twitter. Due to 24/7 access to technology, victims
school systems in its jurisdiction. A specially designed tracking
pate in or benefit from the school’s educational can be reached anytime and anyplace through
form can be obtained in school offices or on the Baltimore
programs or activities is adversely affected. these devices.
County Public Schools’ (BCPS) Web site under the “Parent” and
B A L T I M O R E C O U N T Y P U B L I C S C H O O L S
O F F I C E O F S A F E A N D D R U G - F R E E
S C H O O L S
“Student” tabs. The form should be completed by the student
O F F I C E O F S C H O O L C O U N S E L I N G
Youth who encounter a bully online should follow
O F F I C E O F H E A L T H E D U C A T I O N
What is victim, parent, close relative, or school staff who witnesses the these guidelines:
Retaliation? act of bullying and submitted to the school’s administration so
Do not respond.
that appropriate action can be taken. Students involved in
bullying situations at school should go to a trusted adult, such as Do not delete the offending message.
Retaliation is an act of reprisal or getting back at a
a teacher, administrator, or school counselor for help.
person for an act he/she has committed. Preserve all evidence and tell an adult.
*The term bullying as it is used in this brochure refers to any act of bullying, harass-
ment, or intimidation.