State of Alabama
Department of Education
Larry E. Craven, J.D.
Interim State Superintendent of EducationSTOP BULLYING IN ALABAMAAnti-Bullying resources for Alabama Educators, Parents and Students
The Alabama Department of Education (ALSDE) announces the release of the http://alex.state.al.us/stopbullying/ in Alabama website to provide students, parents, teachers and school administrators a variety of resources to help combat bullying in Alabama’s schools. Bullying in Alabama’s schools is a serious issue that cannot be ignored. Bullying occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and has difficulty defending him or herself.
Tuscaloosa County School System's Stand Against Bullying:B.R.A.V.E.Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying. Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school, and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant. Be B.R.A.V.E. enough to make a difference (Building Responsibility (and) Acceptance (through) Voice Empowerment).B.R.A.V.E. is an anti-harassment program designed to eliminate bullying in the TCSS. B.R.A.V.E. is based on effective collaborations where students are proactive participants and parents, educators, and the communities are involved stakeholders to remove harassment. There is a positive change in culture and climate when all parties become involved stakeholders and take personal responsibility for standing up, speaking out, and eliminating bullying. Giving students a voice and making them part of the process empowers them to create sustainable change.Mission:The mission of B.R.A.V.E. is to focus schools and communities on the attributes of human decency and kindness as the foundation for a bully-free society.Objective:To empower students with the tools necessary to make socially responsible decisions and create sustainable change.To empower students and stakeholders with the knowledge to address the many issues related to bullying and cyber-bullying.To engage in cross-role and role-alike discussions about best practices to address issues related to bullying and cyber-bullying.Reporting Bullying:-Report to administrator, faculty/staff member or other school personnel at the school-Investigation will begin within 24 hours-Report will be documented-All parties involved will be notified in a way which does not breach confidentiality laws-If found in violation, consequences will be given (again all parties will be notified without a breach in confidentiality)-If reporter does not feel satisfied with results, they have the option to let school personnel know.These site are for our teachers to use as follow-up activities after empathy building lessons.These sites provide activities for teachers, kids, and parents that encourage respect for others.