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RFH Introduces Bullying Prevention Program

The program is being presented to ninth graders.

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is currently being implemented at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

OBPP is aimed at improving peer relations and providing students with the safest and most positive environment in which to learn and develop, according to a press release from the school. Student Assistance Counselor Suzanne Fico is administering the program to ninth graders at RFH with the assistance of school nurse Linda Nill and special education teacher Kevin James.

RFH students were given an anonymous school-wide survey to elicit candid information on when and how bullying occurs and how students respond to it, according to the release. This information was then used by Fico, Nill, and James to fine-tune the components of OBPP in order to best address the environment at RFH.

The program is being administered to the ninth graders in four separate sessions during their study hall period.  

Hyacinth Smith February 28, 2014 at 02:43 PM
I can only this this to the victims dear anyone getting bullied, Never lose hope. Please don't ever give up. It does get better, no matter what you think.When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless.Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The sad summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.Keep in mind To be kind Cos bullying’s mean And not to be seen. Be safe bring protection with you at http://bit.ly/1nctEuL.
Gloria R February 28, 2014 at 07:07 PM
“Be a Buddy, Not a Bully” is a song on YouTube that can help teach children about kindness and tolerance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or7WPUtUnRo
George Murphy March 01, 2014 at 12:30 AM
Hyacinth - Very good analogy using the sandpaper!!! Now Gloria, thanks for the info. However, these expensive programs, which are an additional burden on taxpayers, are usually not effective in the long run. Similar to D.A.R.E. programs that are geared towards fifth graders, the long haul has proven that these kids have a big change of heart when the old pituitary gland kicks in. Let's face facts, if these programs were almost totally effective, then we would not be facing the heroin epidemic that is plaguing us. Here again, the liberal establishment is doing what comes naturally to it: Treating symptoms, not causes.

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