No Tolerance For Bullying At The Trail

Did you know bullying happens more in middle schools than high schools?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Studies show that both kids who are bullied and  those who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

Dr. Marshall, Saluda Trail’s Principal, said bullying is taken seriously.  He said there is serious consequences for bullying.  “It could result in a couple of days of suspension,” he said.

Studies show bullying can cause physical injury, social and emotional distress, self-harm, and even death. It also increases the risk for depression, anxiety ,and sleep difficulties. At Saluda Trail, there are consequences for bullying. Students can receive B.I.C. suspension and even expulsion for bullying.

Counselors say students being bullied should report it to an adult. Students who witness bullying should also report it to an adult.

Ms. Johnson the 6th grade counselor at Saluda Trail Middle said when students comet to her about bullying she tries to comfort them by “building them up and talking to them about bullying.” She said 5 sixth grade students have been written up so far this year for bullying.  Ms. Johnson also said a total of 18 sixth graders have reported being bullied.

Mrs. Hardy Holmes-Wilson, the 7th grade counselo, said she tries to help the situation by working with both sides.   “I let them know that it’s not okay either way,” she said.  “I tell them it’s not okay to be rude and to be mindful of their words.”

Ashiya McClure, a 7th grader, said bullying is never ok. “Hurting others won’t fix your problems,” McClure said.

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