Texas School Takes a Stand Against Bullying

Jul 26, 2012, 06:30 ET from Bullying Academy

Shadow Forest Elementary School in Kingwood, TX, earns the highest score in a national contest offered by the Bullying Academy program

KINGWOOD, Texas, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bullying Academy congratulates Shadow Forest Elementary School for attaining the highest score for the 4th-5th grade contest cycle which took place from May-June 2012.  Competing against 450 schools from around the United States, Shadow Forest outperformed the competition by demonstrating their high level of knowledge of bullying issues by achieving the highest scores on examinations integrated into the Bullying Academy online curriculum.  They will be awarded with a Bullying Academy trophy, and $250 to be spent on a party for the class.

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The participating students effectively demonstrated their commitment to learning as much as possible about tactics to not only respond to incidents of bullying appropriately, but also to develop open lines of communication with adults in their lives in order to avoid tragic outcomes.

Texas education code now requires all schools to adopt programs that educate and address the prevention of unwanted physical or verbal aggression, and other forms of bullying in schools.  The Bullying Academy meets the standards of the Texas mandate. "Shadow Forest is setting an excellent example for school communities in Texas as well as throughout the United States in integrating the Bullying Academy program into their school curriculum.  All students should be exposed to anti-bullying, and specifically anti-cyberbullying education somewhere in the classroom," explains Tommy Walser, program founder of the Bullying Academy.

"Cyber cruelty is rapidly increasing in volume and complexity because teens are never taught how to act responsibly and appropriately while communicating online or via other electronic devices," explains Tommy. "The Bullying Academy is a simple and cost effective solution to a pressing dilemma: How to teach students that bullying should not be tolerated as merely part of growing up, and that all students have the right to a safe learning environment."

Students in the Know Foundation, a non-profit group, launched The Bullying Academy, a web-based interactive program designed to help 4th-8th grade students recognize the dangers associated with bullying and cyber-bullying.  The Bullying Academy requires no additional software or extensive training for teachers. Schools simply register with the program's website and students immediately have the curriculum available to them. It can be implemented during any class period or extracurricular activity.

Teachers and administrators can access details about pricing and implementation on our website, http://bullyingacademy.org or call our program coordinator at Haley Murray at (305) 791-4478.

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