The following information provides resources and contact numbers for obtaining additional help with bullying. It is important to note that this has some conspicuously missing components, as with most government and education institutional based bullying programs- physical intervention. What should you (or your child if a parent) do when you are in immediate physical danger?
What Happens When Bullying Gets Violent?
The most prevalent training programs suggest that you call the police or tell and adult or do not even acknowledge physical violence. Trying to talk ones way out of a bullying situation when it has gone physically abusive is an inappropriate and very dangerous response. This is where my programs are different.
When push comes to shove, our constitution guarantees our right to self defense. Physical intervention is a critical step in learning how to deal with physical bullying. As a private bully prevention training organization we have more latitude in offering physical intervention options. Although it is always a last resort, it is, and should be an option for children to know how to deal with a physical assault.
Isn't survival self defense a fundamental human right?
Our Bullying Prevention and Self Defense programs teach:
- Assessment skills to be able to better predict when a bullying situation could get physical.
- Physical intervention skills that are humane and force appropriate, usually using the minimum amount of force to escape to safety. The techniques are drawn from law enforcement and bodyguard security tactics which minimize harm to either child.
- Advocates responsibility rather than abdication for protection.
- Cover and evacuate drills.
- Using barriers and other physical environmental geometry for defense and protection.
- Using distractions and diversions to create great window opportunity for escape.
- Encourage open discussion with parents on when and where it is appropriate to use physical intervention skills for protection and the responsibility and consequences that comes with them.
John D. Nottingham
Arizona Bullying Intervention Initiative
The AZ Bullying Prevention Project
Bullying Prevention Training and Networking: The Bullying Prevention Initiative International FACEBOOK
The following is from: http://stopbullying.gov/topics/get_help/index.html
How Do I Get Help?
What to Do When Bullying Continues or Gets Worse
|Someone is at immediate risk of harm because of bullying||Call the police 911|
|Your child is feeling suicidal because of bullying||Contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)|
|Your child’s teacher is not keeping your child safe from being bullied||Contact local school administrator (principal or superintendent)|
|Your school is not keeping your child safe from being bullied||Contact the State School Department|
|Your child is sick, stressed, not sleeping, or is having other problems because of bullying||Contact your counselor or other health professional|
|Your child is bullied because of their race, ethnicity, or disability and local help is not working to solve the problem||Contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office on Civil Rights|
Please note that though the Federal Departments of Health and Human Services and Education care deeply about bullying, they are limited in their ability to intervene in specific cases; bullying and other discipline policies and laws are set at the state and local levels.