Junior High Students to Get Bully Questionnaire

The questionnaire, which will be handed out to seventh- and eighth-grade students is the precursor to a new anti-bullying program


Seventh and eighth graders at Abington Junior High School will participate in a bullying questionnaire during the week of April 30 as part of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, according to an April 17 letter sent home to parents of these students. The Olweus program will be implemented in the school during the 2012-13 school year. 

According to the Olweus program website, www.violencepreventionworks.org, a person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself."

And, according to its website, the Olweus program was evaluated by six large-scale evaluations involving more than 40,000 students; the program cut the number of students reports by an average of 50 percent in those evaluations according to the website.

Calls to the school district were not immediately returned. 

In the letter, Abington Junior High School Principal Mark Pellico said:

"Bullying in schools is a reality that can have a long lasting impact ... [The program] raises awareness of the issues in our schools and creates a common language for students and teachers to recognize and report bullying incidents.”

The questionnaire comprises 42 multiple choice questions and is taken anonymously. According to the letter, it is designed to measure several aspects of bullying problems in schools. 

Parents may choose to have their children excluded from the survey.

The Abington School Board recently amended its harassment and bullying policy Aug. 9 to include “intentional electronic transmissions or communications.”

To see the whole policy, click here.

dave April 25, 2012 at 05:15 PM
By the way Mr Finnick, after an assault on my son involving my son being stabbed in the arm repeatidly with a pen the officer involved threatened my son with expulsion and stated that when he found out that my son was lying than his father would also be arrested. My son is 13 and he was scared beyond belief and at first affraid to say anything to anyone. Officer was also proud of his two and a half hour interigation alone whare he, the officer, stated that he almost broke him. Not only was this illegal but was done with the admin in the other room with full knowledge of what was going on.
dave April 25, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Mr Finnick, you keep refering to individuals so please tell me who to turn to. In my case the teachers know what is going, the Jr High school admin knows what is happenning, the Abington school knows, the police know, the counsilors know and yet it still happens to my son. We even had a teacher move the two bullies closer to my sons chair when told by the principal to keep them away from him. One in front and one dierctly behind my sons chair. That seemed to be a go ahead and the student behind him shoved a pen or pencil in my sons ear requiring medical attention. You say that teachers have the students best interest in mind but please explain to me how this same teacher than takes my sons grade of a C in the class at the end of the semester and deliberately went into the schools computer records and failed him. Once the admin saw this they immediately questioned the teacher and corrected the grade. The teacher gave 4 or lies as to how it wasnt her fault. It was the first time that any of the admin had ever heard of a teacher changing a grade to an F deliberately. Now my son is having problems with a teacher in the same course one year later after the other situation was brought back up. I know that, or hope that, most teachers are not this way but please dont act like the teachers and admin are angels and go out of their way for their students. I have been told to stay on these teachers to keep them honest but why should I have to do this.
dave April 25, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Instead of beginning a paper with a 100% and losing points for a grade, my son and I believe that he begins with an ZERO and he has to fight for every point. I now have to send his writing assignments to several school officials just to make sure that this teacher is grading correctly. How do you justify this, I know it is an individual. Bull, teachers have the ability to make or break a student in school and Abington has a some serious problems. I have 2 more children that could go to Abington but now am going to have to pay for another school just because we cannot trust Abington to keep them safe from either the students or teachers. And to think, I pay a ton in school tax for this.
dave April 25, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Last thing Mr Finnick, I will accuse the entire school admins everywhere because unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, student suicide is on the rise. I am tired of watching the news and hearing the same story of bullies, child complains and reports, parents complain, school does nothing, and ending in a child killing themselves. It is a daily occurance on TV to the point where other states are now taking action against the bullies. The Obomas are even addressing this so stop saying that it is only an indiviual. It may be individual that starts the process but it is the entire system failing these children.
Axil April 25, 2012 at 10:28 PM
If students are being physically threatened in school, their parents should go to board meetings and make a *stink* until the problem is addressed. Seriously. The more parents heard in public the better for the kids.


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