The Violence Prevention Program trains and supports implementation of schoolwide approaches to address bullying as related to the MPS Administrative Policy on bullying.
Definition of Bullying
MPS Administrative Policy 8.52 defines bullying as deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions, intended to cause fear, humiliation, intimidation, harm, or social exclusion. Bullying may be repeated behavior and involves an imbalance of power.
It is important to understand the definition of bullying so that we can differentiate acts of bullying from other forms of aggression. While interventions and consequences exist for both bullying and other aggressive acts, the kinds of strategies chosen are very different for bullying than they would be for another type of conflict.
Members of the MPS Violence Prevention team are available to provide information and clarification about the bullying policy.
The Difference between Tattling and Reporting
Students are one of the biggest influences in stopping a bullying situation; however, they are often hesitant to report what they see. It is important for children to understand the difference between tattling and reporting. Most often, tattling is defined as telling for the purpose of getting someone else in trouble. Reporting is defined as telling for the purpose of protecting someone who is being hurt or is in a dangerous situation.
How Families Can Help
- Talk to your child about bullying. Help him or her to understand the definition of bullying and the difference between tattling and reporting. Encourage your child to report anything he or she witnesses that appears harmful or dangerous.
- If you witness or are made aware of a bullying situation taking place at school, please contact your child's teacher, the school administrator, the school psychologist, the school social worker, or the school counselor and tell them what you saw/heard.
- Download the new app from SAMHSA: KnowBullying (available for iPhone and Android).
- For more information about what to do if you suspect your child is involved in a bullying incident (as either the person bullying or the person being bullied), please visit these sites: