Bullying is defined as someone repeatedly and intentionally saying or doing mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today. The program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop.
Here at St. Joseph’s Indian School, we integrate the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program into our school curriculum. Students follow four main rules:
Jean, one of the Olweus coordinators, explains “students can more easily recognize bullying when they see it happening, which helps change the climate of the school to one where bullying is not acceptable.” St. Joseph’s students are now aware of exactly what they can do to stop bullying.
One of the most important components of the Olweus program is that it is used by everyone — not just in a home or the school. When St. Joseph’s trains staff, they train everyone who works with the kids: Family Service Counselors, teachers, secretaries, janitors, bus drivers, houseparents, coaches, rec center staff, nurses and even administration. This all-encompassing training ensures that the school has a consistent approach in dealing with bullying.
When staff witness a bullying violation, they are trained to:
St. Joseph’s is committed to supporting the Lakota students we serve! Combating bullying is one more way we can help our students feel safe.