• Red Ribbon Week

        October 23-27, 2023

        Belmont Ridge will be hosting a number of activities this week to help increase awareness of the harmful effects that drugs (and alcohol) can have on a child's future. 



     National Bullying Prevention Month

    October 18, 2023 is Unity Day!

    Belmont Ridge Staff and students join together to wear orange and show that kindness is what makes the world go around!


    •  It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.
    • 1 in 7 students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying. 

    ·         56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.

    ·         90 percent of 4th through 8th graders reported being victims of bullying

    ·         According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drop out of school does so because of repeated bullying.

    ·         Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.

    ·         A bystander can help by spending time with the person being bullied at school.  Simple gestures like talking to them, sitting with them at lunch or inviting them to play sports or other games during PE or recess can help a lot.

    ·         A bystander can help by telling the person being bullied that they don’t like the bullying and asking them if he/she can do anything to help.

    ·         Bystanders can also help the person being bullied talk to a trusted adult.

    ·         Create a distraction.  If no one is rewarding the child who is bullying by paying attention, the behavior may stop.  Bystanders can help to focus the attention on something else.

    ·         A bystander can offer a way for the person being bullied to leave the scene by saying something like, “Mr. Smith needs to see you right now,” or “Come on, we need you for our game.” 

    • You should only intervene if it feels safe to do so, and never use violence in order to help the person get away.
    • Tell a trusted adult, like a family member, teacher, counselor or other adults. An adult can help stop bullying by intervening while it's in progress, stopping it from occurring or simply giving the person being bullied a shoulder to lean on. 

    ·         Bystanders can tell a trusted adult in person or leave them a note.

    ·         If bullying is occurring, bystanders can go find, or ask a friend to find a trusted adult as soon as possible.  Perhaps they can help stop it from continuing.

    • If a child knows not to bully others, then other students will follow their example.  To help even more, you can actively participate in anti-bullying activities and projects. 

    ·         Make sure you don’t bully others and don’t encourage bullying behaviors.  Look for opportunities to contribute to the anti-bullying culture at school.  Don’t be an audience. If one of your friends is bullying someone, you should not encourage this behavior.  Don’t laugh or encourage bullying behavior. There is nothing funny about it.

    ·        Oftentimes, those who bully are encouraged by the attention that they receive from bystanders.  You can help stop bullying by actively not supporting it.

    ·         When you see bullying, you should act disinterested or simply state that you don’t think bullying is funny or entertaining.

    ·         If the bullying does not stop, tell a trusted adult.


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Last Modified on September 12, 2023