TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Farrington Grove Elementary School in Terre Haute is a no bullying zone.
Managed Health Services adopted this school to teach kids how to prevent bullying. They’re encouraging students to be aware of what bullying actually is.
This is a no bullying zone – that’s what one health organization is telling students to stop an ongoing problem in the hallways.
And they’re doing it through education – but you need more than that.
Managed Health Services’ Eric Yancy says that’s only one piece of the puzzle. He believes prevention starts at home.
“You just have to keep an open communication at all times. Not just related to bullying, but as related to everything because then you’ll find out, my son has a tendency to be nasty on these types of subjects,” said Yancy, M.D., Managed Health Systems.
But Coordinator, Sarah Thompson, thinks it definitely helps to keep reminding students how their words can hurt.
“Some students may not realize that calling somebody a name or just not letting them join in is actually a form of bullying, so by us educating them, we hope they come away with that understanding,” said Thompson.
One word, one phrase, one encounter can lead to a lifetime of problems for some kids.
“It can actually lead to significant depression problems. There will be behavioral concerns,” Thompson said. “Long-term effects of bullying, on the quality of life of people. So why not reach them at this early age when bullying is starting, unfortunately, in elementary school.”
And this organization is hoping to stop this problem in its tracks.
“Many of the bullies were bullied either at home or other places, so they become less than what their potential could be. Bullying affects health, their academics, so if we tackle one, hopefully we’re reaching and addressing all of those.”
For more information about MHS, visit their website.