Trammell said that no one is invincible to bullying. It could be the most popular kid in school who seems too perfect, to the kid that comes from a background of poverty.
“There is no socio-economic status, there is no racial/ethnic group that is not susceptible to bullying,” Trammell said. “It can be anybody.”
She also stressed that the effects of bullying cover a range of issues. Some students handle the matter well and move on quickly, whereas other students fall into depression.
“It’s a big deal and it can turn into a very big deal.” Trammell said. “Most of it depends on the severity of the bullying.”
To combat this issue as much as possible and promote awareness, MWISD has a number of measures in place.
Starting the school year off strong, MWISD held an assembly where student expectations were addressed, of which bullying was a central point of discussion.
But bullying is not a one time discussion for MWISD.
StayALERT is one of the key programs MWISD has in place year-round to aid in the fight against bullying. In short, StayALERT is a confidential safety reporting service that can be reached via phone, online or email.
However, this program is not MWISD biggest defense against bullying.
According to Trammell, the openness and relationships faculty try to establish with students is the biggest force against bullying in MWISD.
“The biggest thing [is] we just encourage them to come in and talk to us, and let us know what’s going on,” Trammell said. “That’s probably our number one way [bullying] is reported.
“Most of the time, by the time it goes through the StayALERT program, we’ve already heard about it.”
These methods may prove beneficial in protecting students from being bullied, but MWISD also has in place ways of deterring students from bullying.