No Bullying Zone!

At Steele, we are blessed to have a wide variety of students in a small setting.  In a traditional high school, student groups tend to isolate themselves.  On our campus, we don't really have a choice but to meet others from all walks of life!  This gives all of us an incredible opportunity to learn about people, not generalize about a group.
 
Bullying can be lots of things.  It can be name-calling, teasing, hitting, pushing, threatening, ostracizing a peer, and more.  It can happen at school, in your neighborhood, on the phone, on the internet-pretty much everywhere.  Bullies can be anyone, anywhere.  They just think they have more power than the person they bully.
 
You don't have to fight a bully to "win."  Bullies look for weaknesses, differences, things that make people stand out.  I like to think of that as individualism, but that's another story...  Anyway, acknowledging your differences often takes away the one thing that a bully is targeting!  Don't react; don't give them what they want!
 
Stand up for others!  Even if you let one incident go by without intervening, that is one person who has been hurt by a bully.  There is strength in numbers and in having high expectations for yourself and others.  Working together eliminates individual targets for bullies.  I don't want bullies on our campus, but I cannot work on this alone.  Report incidents confidentially by delivering a note to a teacher, signing up to see the counselor, or letting me know.  Report them the same day!  Together, we can make this campus a safe and secure learning environment!
 
For more information, please see the following sites.  These sites are not endorsed by NISD, Steele, or me, but have some good stuff!
 
http://www.grabellaw.com/cyberbullying-the-new-online-crime.html  (Thanks to Ms. McClaine's class for this great link!)