Bully Prevention Program



Bullying occurs when a student...

  • Is exposed repeatedly and over time,
  • To Negative Actions on the part of one or more students, and
  • There is a perceived imbalance of power.


SMS School-wide Rules Against Bullying:

  1. We will not bully others.

  2. We will try to help others who are being bullied.

  3. We will make a point to include students who may feel left out.

  4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at home and at school.


There are 4 kinds of bullying that students experience. 

  1. Relational Bullying: The use of peer pressure and manipulation to isolate and/or harmfully target an individual.

  2. Verbal Bullying: Mocking, threatening, and spreading gossip or rumors or lies about someone to isolate or hurt an individual’s feelings or reputation. Gossip is a form of bullying. It includes talking about other people, writing notes about others, writing in “Slam” books or online talk about others.  It is one of the most disruptive behaviors in school because it often leads to hurt feelings and anger, which sometime result in fights. 

  3. Physical Bullying: Hitting, shoving, tripping, or in any other way using physical force to cause harm or embarrassment to an individual.

  4. Cyberbullying: Harassing, humiliating, intimidating, threatening, or gossiping about others on the Internet or through any technological device using words, pictures, or suggestions to harm an individual.


    For more information about Bullying, check out these web sites.

    Stop Bullying Now! http://stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov

    No Bully  http://www.myparentime.com/articles/articleS67.shtml

    Don’t be a Bystander, Report Bullying!

    To report an incident that you believe is bullying at SMS,

    Call or email our principal, Mr. Hipple

     540-268-2262  a[email protected]


    To make an anonymous report use the state reporting number


    This toll-free school safety hotline has been established to assist students in reporting safety concerns at school.  To confidentially report a dangerous situation at school, please call 1-877-4-SAFE-VA (1-877-472-3382).