Bullying is a widespread and serious problem across our nation. It's what happens when someone repeatedly hurts or threatens another person on purpose. Bullying comes in many forms-name-calling, leaving people out, spreading rumors or physically hurting someone. And it can happen in person, in writing, online, on cell phones, in school, on the bus, at home, or anywhere. It is not a normal rite of passage, it has serious consequences and it's NOT acceptable.
Hueneme ESD is firmly committed to providing all students with a safe and supportive learning environment. Every child is entitled to feel safe in the classroom, in the hallway and on playgrounds and buses. Bullying, verbal harassment, and cyber-bullying interfere with a student's ability to learn. All of us, teachers, administrators, students and parents, must work together to eliminate unacceptable bullying and harassing behavior. Together we can make our schools safe places to learn, grow and thrive.
Many of our counselors are teaching about bullying in classrooms this month. Students should report incidences of bullying to their teacher, counselor or principal. Sometimes students feel more comfortable talking to their parents or guardians about bullying situations, it is important this information is communicated to the school. Both Blackstock and Green Junior High Schools have a bully reporting link on their websites. This allows a student who feels unsafe, or knows someone who feels unsafe to report it. The student can leave their name or report anonymously.
We owe and must provide every student the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment.