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Fallbrook High to implement anti-bullying program


Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Issue 06, Volume 17.


FALLBROOK – On Feb. 21 and 22, Fallbrook Union High School (FUHS) will host Safe School Ambassadorģ training for approximately 50 students and 10 to 12 adults. Safe School Ambassadors is a program that trains diverse and socially influential student leaders to intervene with their friends and classmates when they see teasing, bullying, racism, and other acts of cruelty or insensitivity.

This is the first time FUHS has launched a school-wide anti-bullying program with an implementation plan for sustainability after the initial training.

As the program trainersí say, "Students see, hear, and know what adults donít. They can intervene in ways adults canít, but usually they donít. They often fear retaliation or simply donít know what to do."

The Safe School Ambassador program removes these obstacles by very carefully identifying and selecting socially Advertisement
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influential "opinion leaders" from the diverse cliques and groups at school. They are trained in non-violent intervention and communication skills to use among their peer group to prevent and stop cruelty.

"Students canít learn and achieve well in an environment where they are teased, left out, and sometimes bullied," said Adam Dawson, assistant principal, FUHS. "We see the program as a valuable resource in our efforts to improve school climate, attendance and academic performance."

The training will be funded by San Diego JPA. If anyone is interested in participating as a mentor, an informational meeting for parents, community members and staff will be held Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.†in Room 201 at Fallbrook High School. For more information, contact Adam Dawson at (760) 723- 6300, Ext. 3117 or adawson@fuhsd.net.


 

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