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Olweus: Burying bullying

Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Oh the bully. Whether they torment their targets via insults, fisticuffs, ostracization, or some horrible combination means they are known for being a huge problem in any school. Westmoreland County School Deputy Superintendent Cathy Rice showed just what was being wheeled out this year in an attempt to deal with would-be tormentors.

The program is called Olweus, and is what is known as an “evidence-based anti-bullying program,” sporting over 35 years of research behind it.

“This is one of the few bullying prevention programs with research to show that it actually works.”

Rice continued: “We’re doing this because we want every student, regardless of who they are, to be educated in a safe and humane school community,” she explained to those gathered, before giving an official definition. “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior focused around a perceived power imbalance that is repeated over time. We know that it’s recognized as a public health issue worldwide, and it remains prevalent in schools. We’re no different; we know it happens here, so this seemed like an appropriate initiative to launch.”

For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 8/28/19