Office of the Superintendent

Anti-Bullying Website Launched

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 9:14 am
Superintendent Juneau launched a new website to provide tools and support for schools, students and families on bullying prevention. As part of her Graduation Matters Montana initiative, Juneau has taken on the challenge of bullying prevention to ensure Montana students experience a positive school climate in order to reach their full potential in the classroom.

"I want parents and students to feel secure in knowing that no matter what school students attend or what town they grow up in, practical guidelines and protections that offer clear definitions and transparent procedures for investigations will be in place," said Juneau. "The Bully Free Montana website will be a resource for schools, students and families who are trying to address and prevent bullying."

The 2011 Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey showed nearly 40% of junior high students reported being bullied, and eighteen percent of junior high and high school students reported being cyber-bullied. Last year, 14, 500 Montana students in grades six through 12 took the My Voice surveys about school climate. Forty-one percent of those students said bullying is a problem in their school.

Resources included on the Bully Free Montana website include: model policies and procedures for schools, what students can do if they are being bullied or cyber-bullied, tips for parents and ways to assess your school's effectiveness regarding bullying prevention and intervention.

For more information, contact Allyson Hagen, 444-3160