December 24, 2013
Bullying: Do we even know what it is?
A threatening note placed in a locker, a taunting remark in the hallway, a misguided rumor. Bullying has become a pressing issue in schools nationwide, affecting kids as young as 6 years old, and often has played the role of catalyst in teenage suicides and self-harm.
If bullying is such an important concern, why are 50 percent of bullying incidents not reported? The first step to lowering this statistic is to understand what bullying truly means. To put it simply, bullying occurs when one person or group uses superiority or aggression to exploit the weaknesses and flaws of another. This exploitation of others is seen everywhere, from elementary schools through high schools.
September 10, 2013
Students aren’t always comfortable reporting the problems they’re facing at school, so administrators in the Issaquah School District are trying something new to get them talking.
By the end of September, the district’s five middle schools and four high schools plan to implement Talk About It, a Web-based communications tool that will allow students to post comments while remaining anonymous.
Sena Camarata, assistant principal at Skyline High School, said the program should foster an environment where “students have a voice that they can share with administrators in their building if they have concerns about what’s going on at their school.”