Riverside Elementary fifth-grader starts anti-bullying club

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM.

In mid-February, Carson approached the school administration and, with its guidance, formed an anti-bullying club.

Bullying methods

Bullying often occurs in physical education class, Carson said. One method includes the “slap box” game, in which the aggressor targets a student with a stitched "box" on the back of his or her shirt — an outline of the manufacturer's tag — and slaps the victim's back.

The "cheese touch" method, common in the lunchroom, involves ostracizing a classmate whom students declare has a form of cooties described in Jeff Kinney’s book "Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Touching moldy cheese triggered the name in the book, which explains that students with the “cheese touch” are outcast until they touch someone else and spread the imaginary germ.

Okaloosa County Schools’ Student Codes prohibit physical violence; sexual, religious or racial harassment; threatening; cyberbullying or cyberstalking; and other actions that compromise a student’s right to a “safe, secure and equitable environment.” 

Punishment can range from positive behavioral interventions to suspension and expulsion, according to the disciplinary policy.

Combating bullying

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