Schools across the country are taking a “Bully No More” or “Bully-Free School” pledge. Here’s what you do:
- 1.) Write a quick pledge for the students to sign. It can be very simple. Line items can be things like: “I will not put down, hurt, or otherwise belittle another student” and “I will report it to an adult when I see someone getting bullied” and more. Make sure there’s a place to sign.
- 2.) Have an assembly where you (or the principal) along with your Bully Prevention Student Crew introduce your brand new “Bully Free School Pledge”. Call it something cool that the students can relate to.
- 3.) At the assembly, invite students to sign the pledge to help create a bully free school.
Important: Make sure that only students that are serious about keeping up the pledge actually sign it. How do you do that? When introducing it, simply say something like “Only sign this pledge if you are serious about sticking to it. I won’t pressure anybody to sign. But I want to make sure that if you do, you are willing to stick to it.” This makes it NOT mandatory, but kind of adds pressure for the students to be serious. It also give your principal leverage later if an incident does happen.
I appreciate your comments.
Dedicated to reducing bullying at your school!
John Abrams – www.AmazingSchoolAssemblies.com
Southern California’s Top Elementary School Assembly Performer