School is where most bullying takes place. It's also where most bullying originates from. So the fight against bullying starts and ends with the school. Yet many teachers and school staff remain largely unaware of the abuse that some of their pupils are experiencing during the school day.
School bullying often occurs right under the teacher's nose or in close proximity to adults. (Sullovan, Cleary & Sullovan, 2004, p. 15) As Marlene Snyder, a Clemson University expert on bullying says, "some of it is so under the radar that without training, you can't see what's in front of you." (Hampson, 2010, p. 1A) Yet what teachers are unaware of can hurt the progress of their students.
Bullying prevention is not just about eliminating painful experiences - it can have profound effects on the academic performance of students within the school. (See our section on the Academic Consequences of Bullying.) So it behooves school staffers to remain proactive in dealing with bullying in the school setting.
The information in this chapter is created specifically with teachers and other school personnel in mind. Parents looking for information on school bullying and prevention can find it throughout the other chapters of this book. Teachers should also peruse the other information throughout this book, which will give them a general understanding of bullying prevention that can be applied to the classroom. This is additional information which is specifically applicable to the school setting and designed to compliment our other materials. We hope you find it useful.