My last post was about teaching students to break the code of silence around concerning behavior and threats of violence. Today’s post provides some concrete tools to help students tell an adult when they have a concern about someone’s words or behavior.
Tools to help students tell
The Brady Campaign has a long history of unique efforts to end gun violence. This is no exception. Their SPEAK UP campaign is the first national anonymous reporting line for youth. It is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with trained counselors who take detailed reports and follow up with calls/faxes to designated local authorities. The site is full of information designed to captivate youth. Fortunately for us, it also provides a treasure trove of downloadable materials for educators.
The PBS program The Path to Violence is an enlightening look at what we can do each day to build a healthy and trusting school climate that encourages students to come forward with concerns. It is worth every second of the 54 minutes it will take for you to watch it.
Implementing these simple ideas will increase the likelihood that your students will talk to an adult when something concerns them. This will give you a window of time to intervene and change the outcome, keeping everyone much safer.
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