If you need help:
- Start by reporting to your school: teacher, counselor or principal.
- Douglas County School District Student Wellness Douglas County School District Student Wellness: Staci McCormack, 303-387-0087
- Douglas County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Sergeant Kevin Moffitt
- Douglas County Sheriff’s Office YESS Instructor Deputy Jay Martin
- Douglas County Sheriff’s Office YESS Instructor Deputy Ann Walton
- Keep Safe Connections resource list
Having thoughts of suicide? Call 911 or National Crisis line: 1-800-273-8255. Visit our Suicide Prevention area.
Parenting PhD - The Douglas County Parenting Coalition has created a blog/website that has resources for everything that any parent might need. There are specific resources for problems and issues that we all as parents are faced with and there are resources for problems that we may never dream we would have to deal with!
If you are being bullied here are some tips
(Source – Colorado Safe Schools Vol. 3, Issue 2 – November 2010 newsletter on Bullying)
- Tell your parents. Telling is not tattling.
- Tell a trusted teacher, counselor, principal, or have your parents talk to the school.
- Do not retaliate or get angry.
- Respond evenly and firmly or say nothing and walk away.
- Develop friendships and stick up for each other.
- Act confident.
- Take a different route to and from school.
- Avoid unsupervised areas of school.
- Do not bring expensive items to school.
(Source: Stop Bullying.gov)
Cyberbullying, instead of happening face-to-face, happens through the use of technology such as computers, cell phones and other electronic devices. Cyberbullying peaks around the end of middle school and the beginning of high school.
Students that attend any high school in Douglas County can use Text-A-Tip to report any bullying, safety or security issue that they are aware of. If you don’t know about the program or want to know more about how to use it contact your building’s school resource officer or any administrator in the building. This is not a public program, it is intended to be for students, parents and faculty only and provide a way for them to report anonymously to law enforcement and district staff about safety and security incidents occurring in the building and/or involving students attending any Douglas County high school.
Other Bully and Violence Prevention Resources:
Douglas County KeepSafe Connections - Helpers in Your Community
defines bullying and has helpful tips for students, parents and schools. It also includes information about Colorado law - safe schools bullying policy.
Bullying and harassment prevention resources forparents and schools. Includes information about bullying, cyber bullying and harassment.
Also visit our teen-relationships area.
An amazing component of the 18th District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Diversion Counseling Program
This web site is geared towards educating high school and college age women on the dangers of domestic violence. It has many resource links if you or someone you know is involved in domestic violence. However, please remember to call law enforcement when you need assistance as we have many resources available such as an entire Victim's Assistance Unit that are available 24/7 - 365 days a year.
Recognizing the Warning Signs
Source: Stop Bullying Now
There are many warning signs that could indicate that someone is involved in bullying, either by bullying others or by being bullied. However, these warning signs may indicate other issues or problems, as well. If you are a parent or educator, learn more about talking to someone about bullying.
- Comes home with damaged or missing clothing or other belongings
- Reports losing items such as books, electronics, clothing, or jewelry
- Has unexplained injuries
- Complains frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or feeling sick
- Has trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams
- Has changes in eating habits
- Hurts themselves
- Are very hungry after school from not eating their lunch
- Runs away from home
- Loses interest in visiting or talking with friends
- Is afraid of going to school or other activities with peers
- Loses interest in school work or begins to do poorly in school
- Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed when they come home
- Talks about suicide
- Feels helpless
- Often feels like they are not good enough
- Blames themselves for their problems
- Suddenly has fewer friends
- Avoids certain places
- Acts differently than usual
- Becomes violent with others
- Gets into physical or verbal fights with others
- Gets sent to the principal’s office or detention a lot
- Has extra money or new belongings that cannot be explained
- Is quick to blame others
- Will not accept responsibility for their actions
- Has friends who bully others
- Needs to win or be best at everything
How Do I Get Help?
Source: Stop Bullying Now
There are things you can do to stop the bullying. Visit pages that apply directly to you:
If you are a parent or guardian, talk to the school administration or the adult that supervises your child’s community activities.
TAKE A STAND AGAINST BULLYING!
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