Trailside Middle School believes that all students have the right to attend school where their individual differences are respected and where they are free of fear of harassment and bullying. The school actively upholds and supports efforts to prevent harassment and bullying.The responsibility for combating bullying rests with the entire school community. Administrators are the acknowledged leaders in this effort; however, responsibility for effective anti-bullying programs must be the responsibility of the total school community. The administrators, teachers, counselors, students, and parents must be united in their knowledge, approach, and response to this effort.
Bullying is any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim. Bullying involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor(s) and victim. Bullying is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma.
All students have the right to attend school where their individual differences are respected and where they are free of fear of harassment and bullying. Loudoun County Public Schools actively uphold and support efforts to prevent harassment and bullying.
Each year of middle school, students are taught about bullying as part of the school counseling curriculum using age appropriate language and examples. The lesson delivered to each grade level has a distinct focus:
6th grade: Bullying Prevention and Awareness
7th grade: Healthy Relationships
8th grade: Cyberbullying
Lauren Lindstrom-Rudolph, Assistant Principal, is the TMS Bullying Prevention Coordinator.