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Bullying - if you see it, report it

Bullying defined - When someone repeatedly does or says something to you for the purpose of hurting you or threatening to hurt you or to seriously scare or embarrass you in public.

Examples of bullying:

* Someone is threatening to beat you up in school, including when walking to or from school, when you get off the bus, while talking to you on your cell phone or while you are online.

* Someone is repeatedly taking something of yours without your permission.

* Someone is spreading rumors about you or your family.

* Someone is constantly embarrassing you in front of others by either calling you names or doing something to you like hiding your books, pulling your seat out from under you, etc.

* Someone is telling other kids not to talk to you or be friends with you.

* Someone continues to shove into you in the halls and says it is always an accident.

* Someone is sexually harassing you. (Following you around, whistling at you, making comments about your body or doing something to your body, touching you inappropriately, etc.)

Why do people bully?

Two basic reasons: Bad things have happened to them and they are turning around and doing these things to others, or they have seen bad examples in their own life, in movies, or online. They try to make themselves feel better by picking on someone else.

They fall into a trap by thinking that bullying is just the cool thing to do in front of their peers. Too often, a bully’s behavior is encouraged by bystanders who see the bullying happen but don’t think to report it, or feel scared themselves. Be an upstander, not a bystander -- report bullying when you see it happen. Reporting bullying is the responsible thing to do!

Reporting Bullying:

To report bullying please contact Rebecca Snyder, rsnyder@treknorth.org or Kristin Gustafson, kgustafson@treknorth.org. This can be done in an email or in person.

Please include the following information: who is being bullied, who is doing the bullying, time/place, what did you witness or what happened, other witnesses.

Your information will be kept confidential.

Students may report bullying to any school staff: teachers, paraprofessionals, the school social worker, and school administrators. To report bullying anonymously slipping a note under the school social worker’s door (Rebecca Snyder).

We strongly encourage you use your name when reporting, as it is much harder to confront, solve, or prove bullying from an anonymous report. Parents or guardians of students may also report suspected bullying by emailing , Rebecca Snyder, rsnyder@treknorth.org or Kristin Gustafson, kgustafson@treknorth.org.or calling the school at 218-444-1888 ext 131 or 104.

Any teachers or other school staff who witness acts of bullying or who receive student reports of bullying shall notify school administrators right away. All reports of suspected bullying shall remain confidential, and those who report will be protected from retribution or revenge of any kind. For more information please refer to the TREKNORTH BULLYING POLICY



This page is adapted from the Murray Middle School webpage: http://murray.spps.org/bullying


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