|It is the goal of the Socorro Independent School District to change the norms around bullying behavior and to restructure the school setting itself so that bullying is less likely to occur or be rewarded.|
| What is Bullying?
"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself."
This definition includes three important components:
1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.
Types of Bullying
Bullying can take on many forms. As part of the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire, students are asked if they have been bullied in any of these nine ways:
1. Verbal bullying including derogatory comments and/or bad names
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
SISD has adopted The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) which is the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today. Backed by more than thirty-five years of research and successful implementation in many different countries, the OBPP is a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting. OBPP is designed for students in elementary, middle, and high schools.
OBPP is used at the school, classroom, and individual levels and includes methods to reach out to parents and the community for involvement and support. School administrators, teachers, and other staff are primarily responsible for introducing and implementing the program with the goals of improving peer relations and making the school a safer and more positive place for students to learn and develop.
The goals of the program are to:
For additional information on OBPP in SISD, please contact your child’s school or the Office of State and Federal Programs at 915-937-1600.