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Olweus Bully Prevention Program

The Olweus [pronounced Ol-VEY-us] Bullying Prevention Program is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. Its goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than one dozen countries around the world. It is currently being implemented at Box Elder Middle School and Bunderson Elementary.

So far results at Box Elder Middle School have shown:

School incidents continued trending downward such as the number of fights and disrespect.*

42-43% reduction of students being bullied**

42-43% reduction of students who bully**

15-40% reduction of students feeling afraid**

41-44% reduction of teachers doing little or nothing to counter act.**

Attacked with Intention to Harm has been steadily decreasing, from 10.1% in 2002, to 5.1% in 2007.***

Rebelliousness was increasing. In 2007, a 12% decrease for the first time! ***

*Box Elder Middle School office referrals tracking
**2007 Olweus Student Survey results
***2007 Communities That Care Youth Survey