The PHMS PTSA is taking a stand against bullying of any kind!
Our student Representative from each grade will be leading our Advocacy to STOP Bullying on all levels at PHMS. We respect diversity and inclusion!
What is Bullying?
The definition of bullying on dictionary.com is “to treat in an overbearing or intimidating manner.” Stop Bullying Now!, a national campaign by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines bullying as, “Aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Typically, it is repeated over time.” Some parents may remember what bullying is from when they were children, and typically think of the bigger kids on the playground pushing down the smaller or younger ones; this is a form of physical bullying. However, the times have changed, and so have bullying. Bullying can be verbal or physical and has now extended to the new technologies available. There is an increase in cyber bullying, which extends bullying to technologies such as the internet and telephones.
Who is Being Bullied?
- According to the report Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2008 by the National Center for Education Statistics, about 32 percent of students reported being bullied at school.
- 79 percent of those students reported being bullied inside the school building, 23 percent reported being bullied on school grounds, and 4 percent reported being cyber bullied.
- According to the 2001 National Crime Victimization Survey by the U.S. Department of Education, there were no major differences found between the number of boys and girls being bullied.
- There were also no major differences found between the number of students being bullied in public and private school.
- However, fewer students reported being bullied in schools where a security guard or police officer was present.
What are the Effects of Bullying?
- Students who were bullied are more likely to take a weapon to school for protection.
- Bullied students are also more likely to get involved in a physical fight.
- Bullied students are more likely to receive lower grades than those students who are not being bullied.
- Bullied students are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression, health problems, and mental health problems.
PHMS against Bullying and Harassment
In response to a new state law, the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for all Students Act , the School Board recently adopted a policy that prohibits bullying and harassment. The policy ensures that all students, employees, and volunteers learn and work in an environment that is safe, secure, and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. Florida is now one of 32 states with a law regarding bullying in schools.
The Policy defines Bullying as systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees and may involve but is not limited to: teasing, social exclusion, threat, intimidation, stalking, including cyberstalking, physical violence, theft, sexual, religious, or racial harassment, public humiliation, and destruction of property.
The policy defines harassment as any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal or physical conduct directed against a student or employee that: Places a student or employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property, has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits, has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school.
Palm Harbor Middle School is committed to providing a safe learning environment and will not tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind. Incidents of bullying or harassment can be reported to the principal or administration or reported online at http://www.pinellas.k12.fl.us/SDFS/bullying_report.html
Anonymous reports can also be made by calling the Campus Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-873-8477.
For more information about the policy or bullying prevention and intervention visit the Safe and
Drug Free Schools’ website at www.pcsb.org/sdfs/bully.html
To learn more about bullying and find out what adults can do to help prevent it, visit the Stop Bullying Now website at www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov