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September 17, 2013

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Programs aim to stop bullying

Ouabache Elementary School is working hard this year as a part of the Vigo County School Corp. to combat bullying in our schools. We are incorporating several programs and protocols to help our students and staff deal effectively with bullying to help stop this social epidemic.

The students and staff at Ouabache have used a program called Bully Busters for the last several years. One time per week the teachers teach a lesson that focuses on the types of bullying, what to do if you are being bullied and how to help if others are being bullied. The students are also taught about the skills of using kindness and empathy for others to be more accepting of other’s differences.

In addition to our Bully Busters program, we are also using a program that focuses on skills for social and academic success. This program is called Second Step and teaches the students not only about how to be a successful student, but also about how to get along well with others as well as handling difficult emotions. Students can use this information to help them cope with peer conflicts.  

The Vigo County School Corp. has also provided useful resources to use in all of our schools to combat bullying. One of the corporationwide programs that is used in our school is the H.E.R.O. (Helping Everyone Respect Others) program.

This program was developed to help our students create positive relationships and behavior. As part of this program, each school in the corporation has a “Bully Box” that is available for the students to anonymously report bullying incidents to the principal.

Staff training will take place to ensure that everyone who works in the building will be able to recognize the signs and help any student in any situation. Protocols for handling bullying incidents will be reviewed periodically throughout the school year.

Bullying is taken very seriously at Ouabache Elementary School, and we are working hard to protect our students.

We know that bullying can have an effect on a student’s health and well being that would cause the student to not want to participate in school. Bullying will not be tolerated, and if a student is bullying another there will be consequences for this type of behavior.

— Susan M. Cobb


Ouabache  Elementary School

Terre Haute


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