No Bullying

When it comes to bullying, Foothill students have been encouraged to remember the acronym SAVE -- Speak up, tell an Adult, Volunteer solutions and Empathize with others.

The SAVE anti-bullying message was delivered to students in early December by Foothill's peer advocates. Emphasis was placed on the role of bystanders in addressing bullying issues.

More than 1,100 students responded to an anonymous survey. The results show:
  • More than 80 percent of students feel the Foothill campus is safe
  • More than 80 percent of students would be most likely or very likely to report bullying incidents
  • The most prevalent form of bullying at Foothill is verbal abuse

Administrators and teachers are committed to proactively addressing bullying and other forms of conflict among students. In November, all teachers participated in anti-bullying training. In addition, more than 20 teachers and staff members have participated in two separate community building circles trainings during the fall. Peer advocates have been trained to use restorative circles and are currently using them to resolve conflicts among students.

Foothill has zero tolerance for bullying. All reported bullying incidents are investigated in a thorough and confidential manner. Anyone who witnesses or knows about any bullying incident should report it immediately to a Foothill staff member.   

Posted Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014