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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

County’s Anti-Bullying Program Commended By State

bullyingPotter County has been commended by the Pa. Commission on Crime and Delinquency for successful operation of an anti-bullying program. “Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) has had fantastic outcomes in Potter County,” said Melissa Shetrom, a program analyst with the commission. The agency noted that students in Potter County’s five school districts are showing signs of behaving more considerately and children have felt less intimidated or abused by their peers.

OBPP, administered by Ellen Shinn and Leon Kaple from Potter County Human Services, has entered its fourth and final school year under a grant program. Human Services has partnered with Dickinson Mental Health Center and the school districts to bring services to students in grades 4 through 8 at Austin, Coudersport and Galeton; grades 5-8 at Northern Potter, and grades 6-8 at Oswayo Valley.

To help measure OBPP’s impact, questionnaires are completed anonymously by participating students. Some 777 students evaluated the program in 2008-09. The number of students who reported being bullied decreased by 11.4 percent from 2007 to 2008. There was a 19-percent increase of teachers and other school staff addressing bullying incidents, and a sevenfold increase in parents discussing bullying with their children at home.

One focus in 2008-09 was to increase the involvement of “bystanders,” or students who are not bullied, but witness it. While their overall efforts to eliminate bullying among their peers went up about 3 percent, the OBPP goal is to increase it more substantially in 2009-10. Potter County Today

14 comments :

Anonymous said...

I wonder how the 8th grader who was beaten up by four Coudersport high schoolers a couple of weeks ago would rate this program?

Anonymous said...

well does anyone else know about this?? was it reported??

Anonymous said...

I don't see any positivity, my is bullied and no matter what I do it continues and if something is brought to the parents attention then it gets turned around and the school system is not helping him any either so I don't agree with this at all.

Anonymous said...

I missed that police report. What paper was it in? Geez there was one incident. Must be this program is a total failure.

Anonymous said...

It's about time that schools have opened their eyes to bullying. Way to go!!!

Anonymous said...

Well to poster # 1, if if would have been my kid who was one of the kids doing the bullying, he would have gotten his butt beat when I found out.

So lets hope that if it did happen, that it was reported so the ones who were doing the bullying will be punished.

Anonymous said...

there are several schools that did that "racheals challenge" last year and i think it was a wonderful program, but there hasn't been any change in bullying. kids are still as mean or meaner then they were before. and i'm sorry but the parents are to blame i see kids out all hours walking around looking for trouble...i think parents need to go to the bullying program.

Anonymous said...

One of the biggest problems is now the kids all hide it or look the other way.I have seen in Austin the ones that are doing it have parents that act the same way!When their child is punished for anything they start screaming lawsuit!!

Anonymous said...

Teach your kid to fight back.You will be amazed how fast it will end,and the respect he will earn.They may not win,but they must learn to stand up.Running home to Mom just makes it worse.They will survive it,and feel better about themselves.Defending ones self is best learned when young.Later it could mean their life!

Anonymous said...

This program is a load of garbage, Coudersport School is one of the worse schools with bullying. If you don't have the right name then your down right screwed, and that starts right at kindergarten! I go through it quite often with my children and the teachers do not do anything about it!

Anonymous said...

I think that if you are found guilty of bullying someone that the Bully should be made to carry the books of the one he bullied to class for him for the remainder of the year. And in the summer months he should mow that families lawn and in the wither shovel their driveway and sidewalks.

If your kid is a bully and you think it is funny, then you are SCUM.

Anonymous said...

To be honest, the 8th grader would of beat the shit out of them if it was a one on one fight! Chicken shits is what they are!

My kids will never be bullies and will stand up for them selves if bullied but the day they come home and tell me more than one beat on them..... don't worry about calling the cops on them, they will need to call the cops on me! I will knock the snot out of them and move on to the parents!!

Anonymous said...

The reason they say the program is working is because students have been surveyed annonymously for the past few years since the program has been introduced. It is the results of this survey (information provided by the students) that show a decline in bullying in the schools. Students in grades 3-8 meet at least twice a month to discuss issues together and they are dealt with. Once again, this information is coming from the students. I'm not saying its perfect or it's solved all the problems, but it is progress which makes it successful in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Did any of your read some of the posts on here ?? -- teaching about bullying rather it be in person or on a blog should probably start early on at home. Reinforce it later on in the school system....that it is not a socially acceptable behavior. It is better to at least try & send a message not to do it than not to do anything.