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Bullying Prevention Program

What is Bullying?

“Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.”

This definition includes three important components:


  1.      Bullying involves aggressive behavior.
  2.       Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
  3.       Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.

 

Types of Bullying

Bullying can take on many forms. Students in HISD are asked if they have been bullied in any of the following ways:


  1.    Verbal bullying including derogatory comments and/or bad names
  2.    Bullying through exclusion or isolation
  3.    Physical bullying such as hitting, kicking, shoving
  4.    Bullying in the form of lies, gossip, or rumors
  5.   Having money or property damaged or taken
  6.  Being threatened or forced to do things
  7.   Racial bullying
  8.  Sexual bullying
  9.  Cyber bullying

 

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Hutto ISD has adopted The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), which is a district wide program focused on changing norms and restructuring the school setting for students from elementary through high school. Backed by more than thirty-five years of research and successful implementation in many different countries, the OBPP is the best-known bullying prevention program available today.


Goals of OBPP

The goal of the OBPP is to change the norms around bullying behavior and to restructure the school setting itself so that bullying is less likely to occur or be rewarded. Through this process, we expect to reduce existing bullying challenges among students, to prevent the development of new bullying challenges, and to achieve better peer relations at school.

 

For additional information on the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in Hutto ISD please contact your child’s school or Dana Wilcott, Student Support Services at 512-759-3020.