Over the past decade, a lot of attention has been paid to bullying, which could be unwanted and aggressive verbal, social or physical attacks. Students can play a number of roles, including bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying. It’s important for you to know what to do any if any of those happen to your child.
According to StopBullying.gov, here are some signs that your student is a bully or is being bullied.
- Unexplained injuries
- Lost or destroyed books, clothes, etc.
- Sleep problems or nightmares
- Declining grades, not wanting to go to school
- Social avoidance
- Decreased self-esteem
- Fights – physically or verbally
- Friends are bullies
- Increase in aggressiveness
- Gets in trouble, frequent detention
- Has extra money or new belongings
- Doesn’t accept responsibility for actions
- Competitive, concerned about popularity
There is another category too – your child might witness bullying or may be part of a bullying “circle.” They may not be the aggressor or even a participant but they still have a responsibility to report bullying if they see it.
Capitol West Academy is a bully-free zone, where students are taught that bullying is hurtful and not necessary. Bullying doesn’t fit in with our core values of Self-Control, Responsibility, Honor and Determination.
We’re grateful for your support and please let us know if your child is showing any of the above signs, so we can help him or her stay safe during the school day.
On October 26, 2016, our students wore orange during Unity Day to show that they stand out against bullying. Visit our Wildcat Zone to see the pictures!