Between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We don’t want those statistics to be reflected in our students at South Lancaster Academy and we are doing everything we can to combat bullying in our school.
During National Bullying Prevention Month in October, SLA hosted two special assemblies, one for the elementary students and one for the secondary students, to further educate them about bullying and how to prevent it. ImprovBoston presented a fun, informative, and interactive assembly with 9th-12th grade students role-playing various bullying situations and how to handle them. The actors also invited the students to talk about their experiences in an empathetic and constructive manner. The elementary students enjoyed magician and motivational speaker Jim Vagias and the message he shared about respect, responsibility and caring.
Most bullying happens in middle school, the most common types being verbal and social bullying. Only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied notify adults about the bullying. Yet when bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The teachers and staff participate in continuing education regarding anti-bullying and are currently involved in a bullying awareness workshop held monthly in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Education.
If you or your child witness bullying behaviors, please report it. Call Principal Jeff Lambert or Vice Principal Theresa Robidoux at (978) 368-8544. Or you may anonymously report an incident online at www.mysla.org/help.