Stopping Bullying Message to Elementary Students

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Fourth and fifth graders at Parkview Elementary School spent part of their Friday learning all about the causes, and effects, of bullying in school.

This age group is particularly important, according to experts, because bullying can be at its worst once kids enter middle school.

"Statistics show that it usually starts in upper elementary and in middle school; it's more of an issue," said Donna Partridge, guidance counselor at Parkview. "And so we figured if we started earlier with targeting 4th and 5th graders before they get to middle school, then maybe it would prevent some of it."

The assembly was organized by Weems Community Mental Health Center. Faculty at Parkview say they've noticed a decrease in the amount of bullying at the school since experts began coming in to educate students a few years ago.

"They understand far more than we think they do, because they are living it every day," said Dr. Susan Carmichael, therapist at Weems. "And so you talk to them differently. But you would be amazed at how much they are aware of because it is their life, every single day."

Carmichael says that bullying can bring a climate of fear into a school, and she wants students to be able to recognize when it is happening so they can be proactive and put a stop to it.

"What I want to do is get the kids to identify the different roles and get them to identify which role they are," said Carmichael. "We then break it down and look at the bully and the victim and the bystander and look at why each one is playing that role and what we can do to change it."

Carmichael says that cooperation from schools is also key to putting an end to bullying. The faculty at Parkview agrees Partridge says she hears positive feedback from students in the hallways as well.

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  • by Sam Location: Lauderdale on Oct 8, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    What happens we you have a teacher that bullies. Got a coach that has been drunk in front of kids that play for him or has a wife that drinks on the way to a playoff game on the bus and the administration all the way up to the school board but then wants to kick a kid off the team for smarting off to him. They won't hold there coach accountable but you back him up when he wants to kick a kid off the team for doing far less than him.
  • by Ed Location: Lauderdale on Sep 26, 2011 at 04:33 PM
    I think that's what they have those sheriff deputies on campus for is the parent bullies. 90% of the time is the fact that the people running the schools don't care about doing what's right and it's been that way for I know the last 12 years. It's just like everything else. Our leaders have no integrity or values anymore. They don't care about kids or what happens to them. They don't care about making a difference in the's all about taking care of their own
  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on Sep 25, 2011 at 10:54 PM
    Bullies have bullies for parents in a lot of cases. I have seen teachers and principals get bullied into letting things slide because they were scared.
  • by Ed Location: Lauderdale on Sep 25, 2011 at 03:59 PM
    My son was shot at school with a bb gun when he was just a freshman at SEHS by a kid and the principal wanted him to sit across from the senior that shot the him with the gun. A kid would be scared to death to tell on a kid 4 years older than him. Other kids saw him with it but nothing was done about it. Teachers at SEHS do not get the backing from the admin. so they are limited to what they can do. The superintendanf of education let's his principles have all the power and won't step in. To the parents that have kids being bullied you need to document everything that is going on. You need to take it to the principal, the superintendent of education and the school board. None of them are going to do anything but you will have exhausted all your resources. Document everything and their response and hopefully nothing ever happens but if it does you can show that you did everything possible to try and fix it and each and every one of them can be held accountable. Both civilly and personally. I can assure you if you go public with it you will have a ton of people that can back you up with they're on paper work. It's sad but our kids are not at heart. If they were then the good ole boy system and politics would be thrown out the window. Unfortunately it's still alive and as parents we just hope and pray our kids make it through school safely. That's why I couldn't be the superintendent of education because the first teacher that let bullying occur and for the principal who didn't support the teacher when they told would be fired. There's plenty of teachers in the city that would love to work in the county and there are plenty of them that want to move up and deserve to. DOCUMENT!!!!
  • by PTD Location: Meridian on Sep 25, 2011 at 03:39 AM
    Its a very simple solution. Every teacher knows who the bullies are. He/she sees them attacking or abusing others every day. Get rid of them. You dont put violent offenders in classes with kids who are trying to learn. If theyre just in school as a means to terrorize others then cut them loose. Theyre destined to drop out and end up in prison anyways. Why allow them to have so many captive victims in the meantime?
  • by Help needed for victims of bullies Location: meridian on Sep 24, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    The problem lies with administrators turning their backs on known bullies. Special events set up for the students who have earned the right to go to these activies have to continue to be bullied by the bullies who seem to get to go to the events in spite of their behaviors in MPSD. The district needs to realize that discipline is the key to improving test scores. Students cannot learn in environments ruled and controlled by bullies. Fear is powerful and it hurts everyone. These bullies not only bully their peers but, they bully teachers, as well. When they write them up the administrators do not enforce the policies and rules set up by the district. Everyone becomes a victim. Leaders need to enforce and stop punishing the children who want to learn and the teachers who try to enforce rules and teach. More time is spent on dealing with behavior. I would say that those who are there to disrupt not be allowed to participate in extra curricular activities or electives. They should be sent to a classroom that focuses on learning to behave. Also, require their parents to attend these classes with them. If they are inconveinced and held responsible for their disruptive children they will put a stop to it. Fines should be charged and students need to come to school everyday with their materials and supplies for all classes. Drug testing should be mandatory for students who are habitually disrupting classes; and these should be paid for by the parent. Time for accountability and responsibility for those children they have brought into this world.
  • by tbaby Location: causeyville on Sep 24, 2011 at 03:03 PM
    my granddaughter goes to west lauderdale,and has had a problem with someone for over a year.Has anything been done?NO.Grandma came from the old school.Get pushed so far,then push back.
  • by The Janitor Location: Meridian on Sep 23, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    file charges and get a good lawyer !
  • by Tim Location: Lauderdale on Sep 23, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    You can hang that up. Our superintendent has enough problems controlling a certain number of teachers in the district and there behavior in front of the students. You think he has your child at heart!!! I can tell you from experience if you ain't a good buddy your fighting a lost cause. It's sad but true. Just pray he makes it through school fast and safe
  • by Concerned parent Location: Collinsville on Sep 23, 2011 at 03:04 PM
    They really need to have this at wlms!!! My child was a stright a student his whole life... When he got n 5th grade is when he started having problems. Now he is in 6th grade tag student , never been in trouble now my son is exspend from school cause I find out some boy has been bullying him on the bus. So my son which is one of littlest 6th at school took a knife on the bus. Could not believe it. I ask him y n he said he was going to show it to the boy to scare him where he would leave him alone. I know what my son did was wrong. But I really believe he did not know what to do. The boy that has been bullying him is still n school. We r fighting this with everything we have.
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