SCSD Students Declare Schools ‘No Bully Zones’

     Published on 12/6/18   Tagged under:    District News    Bellevue Elementary School    Van Duyn Elementary School   

This is a photo of students sitting around classroom tables with a woman standing in the front of the classroom."I promise to be a person who doesn’t bully others.
I promise to be a brave bystander.
I promise to treat others with respect and kindness.
I promise to go to an adult if I or someone else is being bullied."
Students at Van Duyn, Franklin, Bellevue, HW Smith and other SCSD schools took a No Bully Zone promise this fall, vowing not to bully others.
Through the No Bully Zone program, led by McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center staff, students learned about the importance of treating each other with respect.
"It's not nice to bully," Van Duyn third grader Ranyia Williams explained. "Instead, you should be a brave bystander. If you see someone being bullied, you should be their friend and tell your friends to be friends with them."
Through a two-visit program, McMahon/Ryan staff spoke with students about what bullying is, the types of bullying and what it means to be a bystander. They shared videos of students explaining how it feels to be bullied and showing how a brave bystander can stop bullying.
“We don’t have to be best friends with everyone,” McMahon/Ryan instructor Derek Tefft explained to students. “But it’s important that we are kind and respectful to everyone. You guys have the power to stop bullying… just make positive choices and be a role model!”
Bellevue Social Worker Danielle Swenton said these lessons are important because they build upon the classroom culture.
“We like to think of our classrooms as communities, and the No Bully Zone program fits in with building that community culture by having open dialogues on bullying,” she explained. “It also gives students the opportunity to discuss issues that may be occurring in the classroom in a non-accusatory and non-judgmental way. This is important because it is teaching our students how to talk through conflict in a non-aggressive or non-violent manner.”
Students were reminded that if they see someone being bullied, they should tell a trusted adult. What an important lesson… thank you to McMahon/Ryan for helping our schools become No Bully Zones!