"Our hope is that we make it a safe place because we build positive relationships with students and those students feel comfortable enough coming to us and being willing to share their concerns" - Principal Gene Thompson
Alex Feris, Mickle Middle School Student said he has witnessed bullying at his school.
"Usually, like right after class, when teachers are talking to each other or during passing time, I will see somebody pushing someone down, taking their notebook, throwing their stuff on the floor."
Bullying is a growing problem in schools. Lincoln Public School Officials addressed the issue at a forum at Mickle Middle School.
"Yes, sometimes it happens in the classroom, but it's more likely to happening the hallways, in the lunchroom, by the lockers or at recess," said Russ Uhing, Director of Student Services. "It certainly affects their level of self esteem."
"Our hope is that we make it a safe place because we build positive relationships with students and those students feel comfortable enough coming to us and being willing to share their concerns," said Gene Thompson, Mickle Middle School Principal.
It's not all about the victim. Addressing the bully is important.
"They are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, engage in delinquent behavior and be involved in law enforcement issues," said Uhing.
"When I see someone I know or someone I don't know, I stand up for that person and I report it to someone," said Olivia Schmidt, Mickle Middle School student.
Olivia does the right thing, reporting a bullying incident to an adult. It tops the list of tips from LPS to students. Other are stay calm and walk with a buddy. That will reduce the risk of aggression.