Bullying Prevention

Stand up and Speak Up D51
Bully Prevention and Reporting Site

In Mesa County Valley School District 51, we want staff and all learners growing in a nurturing, disciplined learning environment. This means we must work together to create a community of upstanders through empathy and kindness.

  • Did You KnowOne out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015).
  • 19.6% of high school students in the US report being bullied at school in the past year. 14.8% reported being bullied online (Center for Disease Control, 2014).
  • 64 percent of children who were bullied did not report it; only 36 percent reported the bullying (Petrosina, Guckenburg, DeVoe, and Hanson, 2010).
  • More than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied (Hawkins, Pepler, and Craig, 2001).
  • School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25% (McCallion and Feder, 2013).
  • The top three reasons reported for being bullied are: appearance (55%), body shape (37%), and race (16%) (Davis and Nixon, 2010).

Bullying Definition

A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons. He or she has difficulty defending himself or herself against these actions and persons. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must include an imbalance of power. Types of bullying may include actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Teasing vs Taunting

Teasing is a fun thing we do with friends- people we care about. It is playful and reciprocal. Taunting is not reciprocal. It is an early warning sign of bullying. When a bully taunts his or her target, there is no playfulness in the attack. Harm results from taunting.

Conflict is a disagreement. It is a normal part of relationships. Teaching conflict resolution skills improves the social and emotional well-being of others and fosters a safe learning environment.

Click here to view board policy on bullying with legal definition of bullying.


If Your Child is Bullied

1. Don't minimize, rationalize, or explain away the bully's behavior.
2. Don't rush in to solve the problem for your child.
3. Don't tell your child to avoid the bully.
4. Don't tell your child to fight back.
5. Don't confront the bully or the bully's parents alone.

1. I hear you; I am here for you; I believe you; you are not alone in this.
2. It is not your fault.
3. There are things you can do.
4. Report the bullying immediately to school personnel.

The Warning Signs

1. Shows an abrupt lack of interest in school or refuses to go to school
2. Takes an unusual route to school
3. Suffers drop in grades
4. Withdraws from family and school activties
5. Is hungry after school
6. Steals money from home
7. Makes a beeline to the bathroom when arriving home
8. Is sad, sullen, angry, or scared after receiving a phone call or email
9. Does something out of character
10. Has torn or missing clothing
11. Uses derogatory or demeaning language when talking to peers
12. Stops talking about peers and everyday activities
13. Has physical injuries not consistent with explanation
14. Has stomachaches, headaches, panic attacks, is unable to sleep, sleeps too much, is exhausted
15. Plays alone or prefers to hang with adults.


Teens Against Bullying
Quote from Dr. Phil

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Important DistrictContacts

Position Phone
Safety Director 970-254-5172
Advocacy 970-254-5494

Kati Garner
 Mental Health & Crisis Coordinator
District Safe2Tell Representative

970-254-5100 EX 11142

A Message from the Mesa County Valley School District 51 Board of Education:

All students have the right to feel safe at school. Kids need to stand up for what is right and take the lead in helping when they see bullying happening. Rules are set by our educational system and those who do not abide by them will be held accountable.

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