Bullying not tolerated in Northside ISD

October 7, 2014

NISD will hold its third annual Declaration of Respect Signing Day on Friday, Oct. 10 with students across the District signing certificates pledging to demonstrate respect for themselves and all others through their interactions at school.

Neff Middle School eighth grader Jan Alfaro says, “Respect comes from the way you were taught and raised. The environment around you is crucial to how you view respect.”

Tyler Meffert, an eighth grader, agrees that school is a place where students should demonstrate that they understand what it means to respect others. “There are a lot of people that you should respect at school like your classmates, teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers, and custodians. They’re all taking care of us here.”

Seventh grader Cody Dunkle says that respect is something that is often taken for granted by students. He believes everyone should live by the Golden Rule, to treat others like you want to be treated in return. He sees that modeled by one of the school’s coaches.   

All three students hope that Respect Signing Day is an opportunity for their classmates to think about what it means to be respectful in the way they interact with others.

Pictured from left to right- Jan Alfaro, Tyler Meffert, and Cody Dunkle, all Neff MS students.

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and Respect Signing Day is a reminder to the community that the District is committed to providing students and staff a safe and respectful environment. 

“We take bullying very seriously in Northside ISD,” said Superintendent Dr. Woods, who signed a similar pledge with all seven Board members at their Sept. 23 Board meeting. “This District-wide effort, of students and staff members from kindergarten through 12th grade and beyond, is our attempt to make everyone aware of the seriousness of bullying, and the damage that can occur that is life-long and life altering.”

NISD has implemented many programs to address the needs of students, including classroom guidance lessons delivered by school counselors, anti-bullying classroom presentations, campus-wide initiatives such as the “No Bully Zone, Project ABC (anti-bullying communities) at the secondary level, and community involvement activities. At the District level, the phone and texting Safeline program (397-SAFE and safe@nisd.net) offers a safe way for students (and the community) to report potential incidents.

Also the Parent 411 online training module for preventing bullying, cyber-bullying and dating violence is available for parents and educators. To educate yourself and help in the prevention of bullying on our campuses, go to the NISD’s Parent 411 website at http://parent411.nisd.net/.