October is anti-bullying month and here at Salem City Schools, we are doing our part to get rid of bullying in our schools. Bullying is defined as unwanted physical or emotional behavior over a period of time and usually with repetition. This can be direct, within the presence of the target, as well as indirect, such as spreading rumors or gossiping. Also some bullying is physical, emotional, verbal, relational and even can lead to damage or destruction of physical property.
The majority of bullying has been shown to take place in the middle school age range: grades 6-8, ages 12-15. Some statistics show that almost 1 in 3 students have been bullied by other classmates. According to studies done by www.stopbullying.gov, both sides of the bullying situation can have very detrimental effects on those involved.
There are many things we can do to put an end to bullying. If you feel like you are the victim of bullying or see it, make sure you reach out to our fantastic school counselors. This helps inform people who are well trained and experienced with handling those situations. In our efforts to put an end to bullying, we are encouraging everyone in our school system to “go red” and send us pictures wearing Salem red so we can post these pictures to our Facebook page. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as well emailing one of our fantastic high school counselors Tracy Bosheff at email@example.com. We will keep updating these pictures to our Facebook page throughout the month.