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BMS Stands Up to Bullying

Bourne Middle School

Stands Up to Bullying

Definition of Bullying: Unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has potential to be repeated over time.


Did you know….

…. the act of bullying typically begins in elementary school, peaks in middle school, and declines in high school.

….that most incidents of bullying are left unreported to the school staff including teachers and administrators because of a perception of “they must know”.

….most of incidents of bullying that are reported are not the first offense and have happened before.


Help Bourne Middle School STAND UP TO BULLYING

  • Review the information sent home from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) on bullying and cyber bullying.
  • Review the Bourne Public Schools Bullying Intervention Plan located on the district website.
  • Report all incidents of bullying to the school as soon as possible. The success in stopping and preventing bullying is directly connected to the schools ability to address incidents as soon as possible and with consistency each time it occurs.
  • Report the “W’s” – Who was involved, were there Witnesses, Where did the incident occur,When did the incident occur, What happened
  • Bullying is most effectively addressed when reported in a timely manner


Ways to Report Bullying at BMS:

1.Contact Mr. Lundell (ext. 6404) or Ms. Borning (ext. 6403) at 508-759-0690 – this is the recommended way to report bullying

2.Contact your student’s guidance counselor – Ms. Kershaw (ext. 6423) or Ms. Feehan (ext. 6424) 

3.Contact your student’s classroom teachers

5.Report it anonymously using the BMS Tip Line at 508-759-0690 ext. 6565


Additional Info

Bourne Leaders of Technology (BLT) Cyber Bullying Videos 

October Partners with Parents: How to Support your Students Peer Social Relationships (PDF - 2.21 MB) 

 6 Messaging Apps that Let Teen Share Secrets  (PDF - 277 KB) 

Related Link

5 Things Teachers Should Tell Students About Socializing Online 
An article from Harvard University about supporting student socialization on-line.

Stand By or Stand Up 
A comic strip based video showing the importance of being a good digital citizen. 
A helpful site for parents on understanding bullying and how they can help.

Safe Kids 
Bullying and Cyberbullying Resources


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