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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 3:08 pm, Fri Mar 1, 2013.

According to students at Sam Houston Elementary, a bully is someone who might call you names or toss you into a dumpster.

To cope with the anger that might result from bullying, you may want to jump up and down to let it all out, or just kick a chair instead of your bully.

As part of an after-school program, more than 60 kindergarten through fifth-grade students gathered Thursday to learn about the negative affects of bullying and disrespect, and how to put a stop to both.

The program is facilitated by AlphaBEST Education, which provides extended day learning programs for school districts across the country, including the Bryan Independent School District.

Markesha Ford, area manager of AlphaBEST, said Sam Houston Elementary teachers and administrators had begun to notice an increase in name-calling and general bullying.

"I think the issue now is kids don't really recognize that they are bullying others or that they are being bullied," Ford said. "Instead of them coming in and listening to us talk about it and constantly reminding them, we wanted to add some games to it and make it educational, but have a good time."

Thursday's after-school program began with an interactive discussion about what a bully is and how to deal with anger.

Ben Morris and Christy Robbins, representatives with Twin City Missions Youth and Family Services, led the discussion about anger.

"Do your parents get angry?" Morris asked to a resounding and spirited "yes!"

"Anger gets a bad rap," he said. "It's not always a bad thing. It's the bad things you do when you get angry."

Morris and Robbins said Twin City Missions offers counseling to families and youth at no cost as a part of the Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR) program.

"We're always looking for clients and wanting to educate and promote awareness on how to be a better family member, and family altogether," Robbins said.

Morris and Robbins said speaking at Thursday's event is their way of being proactive in the community.

After the discussions, students rotated through three stations, playing games revolving around the three school rules: Be responsible, be respectful and be safe.

Steven Norris, a 9-year-old third-grader, wrote his definition of a bully on a sheet of paper, tossed it on the tile and stomped on top of it with a grimace, along with several other participants.

Norris said he interprets bullying as "meanness."

"You shouldn't do it because it hurts other people," he said.

Norris said he has been bullied at school and "it didn't feel good."

"You should tell a teacher if someone is bullying you."

Ford said parents were invited to enroll their children in to the after-school program at the beginning of the school year.

"Our purpose is to change the after-school environment and teach them things they can use, while making it fun," Ford said.

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  • TexRabbit posted at 12:53 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    TexRabbit Posts: 1

    Teachers need to be taught not to bully our kids for having a different view on politics, religion, abortion, and other issues. Not the wearing of some t=shirt but when a subject is discussed in class or as a assignment. If the Teacher has a different view it is the class that has the discussion, but not driven by the teachers own views. T-shirts should have the same standard among all of them. Saying one is disruptive is a cop out. The School Board needs to decide these issues, because they are answerable to the voters!!!!!

  • prairiegirl posted at 1:08 pm on Sun, Mar 3, 2013.

    prairiegirl Posts: 422

    How absolutely ignorant and hateful of you OD. I am not advocating violence upon children. Merely stating the fact that two whacks on the behind of a bully or a blatantly defiant child can set that kid on a proper path away from destruction. Your comments are just plain idiotic.

  • roy g posted at 7:27 pm on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    roy g Posts: 591

    I'd have to agree with SDW and toad. Each generation seems to be getting taught more and more to be defenseless, to not stand up for themselves, to run to an "authority figure" for help. Even defending oneself against a physical attack is a chargable offense! Meanwhile, the bullies will ignore the "be nice" requests and continue their behavior. Guess who'll be in charge when they're adults? Guess who'll be the "authority figures" and who will be the sheep? What a wonderful path towards complacency and acceptance of totalitarianism we're creating for ourselves.

  • toad posted at 3:24 pm on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    toad Posts: 16

    Does your son have a fist?

  • toad posted at 3:23 pm on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    toad Posts: 16

    It would come a lot closer to working than the nothing they do now. All they do now is pat the bully on the head as say "now you know you should not do that".

  • Viper21 posted at 3:06 pm on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    Viper21 Posts: 32

    Another parental responsibility abdicated to the schools.

    I think schools need to enact policies that make it painful for the parents of misbehaving children. For example, if your kid bullies another kid, he is suspended- Mom (or Dad) has to leave work, pick him up and stay at home with him for a week. Result: financial loss (work time) and personal inconvenience.

  • posted at 11:59 am on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.


    In the name of Jesus, yes, let's start slapping the little kids around. Let's become the enforcers and the biggest bullies on the block. The paddle, why not use whips? Let's give them black eyes, send them home crying and begging for mercy. Let's send the little boys to confessional with the priests....that will help sort out their manhood. Let's meet violence and bullying with violence of our own. Go for it. No more Mr. nice guy...let's just institutionalize beating up each others kids in the name of religion. [wink]

  • FromCS posted at 10:59 am on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    FromCS Posts: 2

    They really should do this in College Station. My son has a lot of problems with being bullied.

  • toad posted at 9:58 am on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    toad Posts: 16

    Please excuse my bad typing skills!!

  • toad posted at 9:54 am on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    toad Posts: 16

    The teachers of today have had their hands tied by all the wimpy cry in your milk parents in todays society. SDW nails it. Whem my older son, now 40, was in the second grade his school had a big bully. It had been reported to the scool several times. Finally at the urging of his father when the bully came around to collect lunc money he was hit very hard, right square in the nose. THE BULLING STOPPED. Now my grand son is in the fourth grade and was facing bulling at his new school. the sme instructions were give by his father, the shools new of the problem and could not handle. They in around about way told my son that they were glad my grand son handled it himself. the schools in both case recognized that my boys were not trouble makers and were glad the kids correcyed the problems for them since the could not,

  • SDW posted at 7:12 am on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    SDW Posts: 158

    Why can't you just teach the other kid to stand up for themselves?

  • prairiegirl posted at 6:49 am on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    prairiegirl Posts: 422

    If teachers who are followers of Christ were allowed to tell about Jesus love and God's forgiveness IN ALL SCHOOLS without fear of lawsuits by atheists and other haters of the Word, much of the violence and bullying would die down. As Christians we must pray for the teachers, leaders and children in our schools that this will happen. Also, our teachers need to be able to spank the bullies. Spare the rod and spoil the child.


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