Saturday, May 25, 2013

Times-News: Idaho School Introduces the 'Bully Bucket'

Posted By on Sat, May 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

It's called a "bully bucket."

The Twin Falls Times-News reports that the Magic Valley's Robert Stuart Middle School, which—similar to many other schools—had seen a growing problem of bullying over the years, has placed a bully bucket in the school's library. That's where students can drop in a form so that officials can be better informed and, more importantly, take action. According to the Times-News, "the school's resource officer and administrators review the forms and confront the school's bullies face to face."

Steven Gassert, the school's SRO, told the Times-News that traditionally "eight out of 10 kids don't report bullying because they feel like adults wouldn't do anything about it. It kind of got me thinking about giving students an outlet to report bullying."

Since February, 125 reports of bullying, including name calling and pushing students into lockers, have been dropped into the bucket. The forms include specifics, including the date, time and location of the incident as well as the alleged bully and witnesses.

School staff said the bucket "has already made a difference."

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