New Preventative Bullying Program Hitting West Texas Schools 9/10/13
CBS 7 News
September 10, 2013
ODESSA-Bullying in schools has been an ongoing issue for years.
The Crisis Center in Odessa has been going around schools in the Permian Basin trying to implement a new bullying program that teaches students how to stand up against bullies.
The center made a stop at Dowling Elementary Monday to teach a group of fourth graders how to be silent defenders.
"We're really focusing on them becoming defenders, teaching them tricks and tactics how they can speak up and stand out against bullying, and helping them put a stop to it before they hit the junior high," said Holt.
Many of these fourth graders admitted to being silent witnesses; students fear speaking up because they're afraid of being bullied.
Tara Holt, the Director of Programs for The Crisis Center, says in today’s world cyber bullying is growing, but bullying overall is still a big issue in the community.
"Bullying is not only mentally and long term physically effecting our youth, it's effecting how our teachers are able to handle the classes, [and] how our kids are growing up," said Holt.
Students were shown videos of children being bullied and the effects it had on them.
The students formed into groups and were given different scenarios on kids being bullied. They were asked to write down what they would do in response to each scenario.
Many students wrote down "tell a teacher and principal."
Holt says the point of putting these programs on is to let students know their voice matters and they have the power to put a stop to more than just bullying.
The preventative bullying program is just one of many programs the center teaches in schools.
For a list of other programs the center offers you can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thecrisiscenter, or feel free to call the center at 432-333-2527.