The Daviess County Public Schools district takes bullying seriously. We want our schools to be safe, nurturing places for ALL students. DCPS staff members receive training in identifying and responding to bullying, and we are committed to being responsive to any concerns about bullying.
Repeated, deliberate physical, verbal or social attacks or intimidation directed toward another person. There is a marked imbalance of power between the bully and the victim. Bullying may be done by one individual or a group. Cyber bullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology.
- Bullying often leads to greater and prolonged violence.
- It is a serious problem and one which parents need to acknowledge/address.
- It is known that the likely targets are those who look different, act different, or select activities that are not mainstream.
- It is not intentionally provoked by the victim.
- Bullying not only harms the victim, it also negatively affects the climate of the school and the opportunity for all students to learn and achieve.
- It is defined as intentional, repeated, hurtful acts, words, or other behavior.
- It could involve name calling, threatening, or shunning.
- It could be committed by one or more children against another.
- There are different types/forms of bullying:
- Physical bullying includes punching, poking, hair pulling, beating, biting, and strangling.
- Verbal bullying includes name calling, teasing, and gossiping.
- Emotional bullying includes rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, blackmailing, isolating, and defaming.
- Sexual bullying includes sexual propositioning or sexual harassment.
- Cyberbullying includes bullying that takes place using electronic devices / computers.
- Kentucky's House Bill 91, often referred to as the "Bullying Bill" (now codified as KRS 158.156), was passed during the 2008 legislative session. The law requires school districts to have plans, policies, and procedures to deal with measures for assisting students who are engaged in disruptive and disorderly behavior.
Are You or a Friend Being Bullied?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Did someone say or do something to you that made you feel bad or afraid?
- Has it happened more than once?
- Are they bigger, older, or in some way more powerful than you are?
If the answer is YES to each of these questions, YOU ARE PROBABLY BEING BULLIED!
Still Unsure? Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I playing sick in the morning so I won't have to go to school and face a bully?
- Do I walk home another way or try to avoid the bus so no one will bother me?
- Does someone take things from me or make me give them stuff?
- Does someone say mean things about me or tell other kids not to play or hang out with me?
- Does someone call me names?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may be being bullied. You need to talk to someone about this!
I'm Being Bullied! What Do I Do Now?
If you are bullied, you may not know what to do. It is hard to know what to do because:
- You might think the bully can beat you up, and maybe he can.
- The bully might have lots of friends and you don't.
- You don't think your teacher can help.
- You are afraid to tell because you think no one will believe you or you think that the bullying will get worse.
Ways to Deal with Bullies:
- Tell a teacher or another trusted adult. They are here to support you.
- Don't react. Try acting like the bully does not bother you. Bullies like it when you get mad or upset. (This is hard and may take some practice.)
- Steer clear of the bully. Try ignoring; you can walk away, or not say anything.
- Stay close to people who are not bullies. Safety in numbers!
- Tell the bully to stop in a firm voice. Say things like, "I don't like being called names, I want you to stop now."
What NOT to do if you are bullied:
- DON'T Fight. You might get in trouble and you could get hurt.
- Don't do nothing. You need a plan, and you need some help, so TELL someone.
- Don't skip school. This problem is not going to go away.
- Don't hurt yourself. This is not your fault.
Report Bullying Right Away!
- Tell someone. Tell your teacher. Tell your parents. Tell a friend. Tell the principal or your guidance counselor.
- Ask to talk to your school psychologist. These people will listen and help you decide what to do. If this is happening, tell an adult!
- If the person you told cannot help you or does not do anything, find someone else! Never keep being bullied a secret!
- You may also report bullying using this website; get an adult to help if needed.
- Your parents can report bullying for you. Ask them to talk to your school principal or your teacher.
My Friend is Being Bullied! What Can I Do?
- It is good to try to help. Don't make the kid who is being bullied feel worse by laughing or doing nothing. Tell an adult right away.
- If you can, tell the bully to stop. Explain that it is wrong to bully people. State what you don't like and how you want it fixed. For example, "I don't like it when you pick on Mike; it's not funny. I want you to stop right now."
- Walk away with the person who is being bullied.
- Talk to the person who is bullied; tell them that you will be her friend. You can never have too many friends!
What are the signs of my child being bullied?
- Sleeplessness or nightmares
- Drop in grades
- Unexplained cuts, bruises, or scratches
- Damaged or missing clothes, books, or belongings
- Withdrawal or losing interest in hobbies or friends
- Frequent complaints of headaches or stomachaches
- Requests to stay home from school
- Exhibiting nervous or fearful behavior about attending school or riding the bus.
What are the signs that my child may be a bully?
- Frequent name-calling
- Regular bragging
- A constant need to get his own way
- Spending time with younger or less powerful children
- A lack of empathy for others
- A defiant or hostile attitude; easily takes offense
What can I do if my child is being bullied?
- Foster your child's confidence; assure him/her they are not to blame.
- Be willing to take action when needed.
- Find out what your child's school's bullying plan is; work collaboratively with school personnel to address the problem.
- Offer support to your child, but do not encourage dependence on you.
- Do not encourage aggressive behavior; instruct your child not to bully back.
- Help your child to develop new friendships.
- Stay involved, and be supportive of your child's school and extracurricular activities.
- Stay informed of what your child is doing and with whom he or she is socializing.
- Promote respectful behavior:
- Spend quality time with your child.
- Know your child's friends.
- Be consistent about discipline.
- Eliminate toys, games, and TV shows that reward aggression.
- Encourage your child to be slow in taking offense.
- Make sure your child knows what other children expect.
- Help your child see other points of view.
- Teach your child the difference between "tattling" and "telling." The purpose of tattling is to get someone in trouble; the purpose of telling is to help someone stay safe.
What can I do if my child tells me he or she is a bystander? (A bystander is a student who sees another student being bullied.)
- Teach your child not to laugh at or join in bullying.
- Tell your child to join with other bystanders and "stand up together" to convince the bully to back down.
- Help your child learn how to help the victim walk away.
- Assure your child that he/she can tell a trusted adult in the school.
Where can you go for more information and help?
Stop Bullying Now is a nonprofit group that will assist you in locating tips/information about bullying awareness, prevention, and intervention.
Anti-Bullying Network is a nonprofit company that provides free anti-bullying support to schools and families.
Bullying.org is an organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of bullying and to eliminating bullying in society.
Kentucky Center for School Safety is a state agency that provides funding to each school district in the Commonwealth for educating families about safe schools.