Morris Elementary School
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Male | Morris, MN   United States
Students report less bullying after year of bullying prevention program
Bullying Type: Physical / Emotional
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9/24/13 12:43 AM
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MORRIS – One year after implementing a district-wide anti-bullying program, students in the Morris Area School District report there are fewer students being bullied and more adults stepping in to help in bullying situations.

However, data indicates that students still don’t feel empowered to step in and help each other when it comes to bullying, Morris Area Elementary School Principal Ken Gagner told the Morris Area School Board on Tuesday.

“We definitely need more students to be willing to step in and help each other,” said Gagner. “When we meet as a committee, we always talk about that we have about 170 adults in the building and over 1,000 students – we cannot do this as a top down approach.”

Students in third through eleventh grades were surveyed at the beginning of the program in the spring of 2012, then again in the spring of 2013 to see if the program had changed attitudes or behaviors.

Although common locations for bullying – the playground, the lunchroom and the bus – had not changed, fewer students indicated that they have bullied others and fewer students said they were afraid of being bullied at school.

Going into the second year of the program, Gagner said the focus would be to continue staff training, increase community awareness of the program, check in on progress throughout the year, and survey students in spring 2014.

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