BMS Bullying Policy

Benicia Middle School’s Protocol for Addressing Bullying

At Benicia Middle School, our entire school community is committed and agrees to prevent and ending bullying. Our anti­bullying program, Stand Up, Speak Out…End Bullying is intended to inform, create awareness, and embed a level of understanding in our youth. The program teaches the difference between conflict and bullying, discusses the roles of the victim, bully, and the bystander, provides statistical data, and gives students tools and vocabulary for dealing with bullying no matter their role.

The word ‘bully’ gets thrown around frequently.  What is the difference between conflict and bullying?

▪ Conflict is a disagreement between two or more people, happens occasionally, and can be resolved with mediation.
▪ Bullying is intentionally repeated forms of aggression focused on a particular target, and thrives on an imbalance of power.

When students have a conflict or potential bullying situation, we ask them to:

1. Communicate their concerns with their families.
2. Inform the school through our Incident Reporting System (Forms can be picked up in the BMS main office or on our website or BUSD’s website under ‘Resources’.)
3. Meet with a vice principal, counselor, and/or principal to help resolve the issue.

Cyberbullying is defined as: “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, Cyberbullying ­ Identification, Prevention, and Response cell phones, and other electronic devices.”

Cyberbullying resources:
Cyberbullying Information
Cyberbullying Parent Information
Cyberbullying Tips

Below are resources and information regarding bullying:
Stop Bullying
Eyes on Bullying
Responsible Cell Phone Use
Health and Well-Being of Girls and Women
BMS Student Resource Created Website:
Teen Resources
Dr. Phil has put out an article with questions you can ask yourself about your teen. Below is the link to that article:
How Well Do You Know Your Teen
Teens Against Bullying Website