Blaine County 5th Graders Take Part In Anti-Bullying Workshop


By Joey Martin

Hailey, Idaho (KMVT-TV) - All this week 5th grade students up in Blaine County are taking part in a special anti–bullying workshop that is designed to get the “soon to be middle schoolers” thinking about the consequences of peer bullying.

The workshop is being led by the Blaine County School District along with a special anti–bullying organization named “Engaging Boys to Men”.

The workshop focuses on relational aggression, which is a more secretive or subtle type of bullying that can include put downs, rumors or even exclusion.

The strategies these students are learning are in line with current research focused on the importance that bystanders play in stopping bullying in schools.

The students learned a wide variety of tools they can take home and use on a daily basis.

But workshop leaders worked hard to hammer home the core ideas of the Get In, Get Out or Get Help system that is designed to help combat all types of bullying.

"The “Get In” tool is all about getting directly involved. So that's when a kid steps in and gets directly involved in confronting a bully and standing up for the person being bullied. And then the “Get Out” tool is all about getting that kid who's in the bullying situation and removing them from the situation. And then the last one is “Get Help”, and we encourage kids to look for help from adults or from peers when they see a situation like that." Said Travis Jones representative from the Engaging Boys to Men Organization.

On Wednesday, the workshop was at Hailey Elementary, with over 120 students taking part.

On Thursday the workshop will be moving over to Woodside Elementary and then will finish up the week on Friday at Hemmingway Elementary in Ketchum.

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