Peak View Elementary School
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Ashley Gordon Becker, President
Donielle Davies, Vice President
Nicolette Myers, Secretary
Hilary Irons, Treasurer
FROM THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
What is bullying? There are a lot of ideas about what bullying is or isn’t. According to Stopbullying.gov, bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Examples of bullying include actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. For more information on what bullying might look like please visit https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/index.html and scroll down.
If you feel that your child is being bullied here are some warning signs: unexplainable injuries, lost or destroyed personal property, change in eating habits, faking sickness, difficulty sleeping, declining grades, decreased self-esteem, self-destructive behaviors. Visit https://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/warning-signs/index.html for more information about signs that your child is either being bullied or is the one doing the bullying.
Children who are being bullied might not ask for help for many reasons. Some feel like there is nothing that can be done or that others don’t/ won’t care. They might worry that there will be “payback” if they tell or that they will be looked at as weak if they seek help. Please talk to your children about being respectful to others and about what it means to be treated respectfully whether you see signs of bullying or not.
If you are not sure what to do or have questions of any kind please reach out to Mr. Wilson, the school counselor at Peak View. Rwilson@rockingham.k12.va.us or 540-289-7510.