Hello Cardinals! As you may know, October
is celebrated nationally as Bullying Prevention Month. Today, we want to send a message of
support, hope, and unity to show that we Fly As One against bullying and are united for
kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. You, as students, play the most important
role in preventing bullying and mean behavior in our Building. Today during 5th period we are going to address
the difference between being rude, mean and bullying. These are items that can derail
building a sense of community at Southport. Let’s make sure we are all on the same page
when discussing bullying: What is Bullying?
Bullying is an intentional behavior that hurts, harms, or humiliates a student, either physically
or emotionally, and can happen while at school, in the community, or online. Those bullying
often have more social or physical “power,” while those targeted have difficulty stopping
the behavior. The behavior is typically repeated, though it can be a one-time incident. Bullying can include physical bullying, verbal
bullying, social/relational bullying, and electronic/written communication. It is also important to stress the difference
between Bullying and Peer Conflict. Bullying is different from conflict.
Conflict is a disagreement or argument in which both sides take part.
Bullying is one-sided behavior directed by someone exerting power and control over another
person. Southport High School has resources to help
students who find them in either situation. Students you should report any acts of bullying
to the Bullying Hotline at 317-789-4880. Also, we have the “See Something Say Something”
line 317-789-3905. Or you can talk to a staff member. Did you know we offer a Peer Mediation
program for students who need help with working through a conflict with a friend or classmate?
Please see your School Counselor to find out more about this program. Cardinals — A positive school can only happen
if we all UNITE and Fly As One. Our Core Values speak to beliefs about a sense of community,
a social conscience and integrity. I challenge you to walk in those beliefs, stand up for
what is right, appreciate people from different backgrounds, and be open to others’ thoughts
and opinions. Our differences should not divide us, but make us stronger! Please do your part. If you see behavior that
you do not want at your school, do something. Together we can create a positive school environment
that is inclusive for all. United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion Thank you, and as always, Go Cards!