Press release from Ripley County Sheriff's Office
(Ripley County, Ind.) - Sheriff Tom Grills and his Chief Deputy, Major David Pippin, with the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office were invited to the Batesville YMCA to present a class on bullying to their summer campers recently.
Two sessions were held to associate with the different age groups of the camp. The day campers are from beginning school at age 5, up to age 12. They were split the groups so one group was 5-8 and the other was 9 -12.
Kids who are bullied carry a lot of self-esteem issues, and many other social issues as well.
According to the website http://www.stopbullying.gov/, “bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.”
The site also commented there are many roles that kids can play. Kids can bully others, they can be bullied, or they may witness bullying. When kids are involved in bullying, they often play more than one role. It is important to understand the multiple roles kids play in order to effectively prevent and respond to bullying.
Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:
-Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry.
-Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness.
-Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch..
-Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares.
-Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school.
-Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations.
-Feelings of helplessness or decreased self-esteem.
-Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide.
“If you know someone in serious distress or danger, don’t ignore the problem,” Major Pippin stated. “It was an honor for Sheriff Grills and I to be asked to come to the YMCA to offer this class. Last year we discussed drugs and the harmful effects. It is important to protect our children the best we can, and by teaching them at a young age not to bully, or stick up for those kids who are being bullied, is imperative. It is our hope that after the class, the campers understood the definition and how to avoid being bullied, or protect those who are being bullied, just like the police are sworn to do every day.”