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NMCR-1 Definition & Reporting

WE CAN ALL FEEL SAFE, WE CAN ALL FEEL ACCEPTED. LET'S MAKE THIS OUR WAY OF LIFE!

NMCR1 takes bullying very seriously! Before reporting, we do ask that you take a minute to read the definition of bullying so we can be better equipped to help you.

Official definition of Bullying (source: Stopbullying.Gov):

"Bullying is when one or more people repeatedly harm, harass, or intimidate others.  Bullying is unfair (an imbalance of power) and one sided."

We have provided an anonymous reporting form as a way to proactively assist our students while keeping them comfortable and free from worry of retribution for their reports. Please fill out a report and it will be delivered to the appropriate personnel at the school. Thank you for taking the first step in making our schools safer for every student.

READ MORE AT STOPBULLYING.GOV

3 Things for Students to Look For:
~Happens Repeatedly 
~Harm, Harassment, or Intimidation
~Always One Sided & Unfair.

ONCE YOU HAVE CONSIDERED THE DEFINITION OF BULLYING, PLEASE CLICK ON YOUR SCHOOL'S LINK BELOW AND SUBMIT A REPORT TO US. ONE OF OUR HIGHLY TRAINED COUNSELORS WILL THEN REACH OUT TO YOU IN A WAY THAT WILL NOT EMBARRASS YOU OR MAKE THINGS WORSE.

 

NMCC Senior High: Report Bullying

Middle School: Report Bullying

Lilbourn Elem: Report Bullying

Matthews Elem: ReporT BULLYING

New Madrid Elem: Report Bullying

A story about bullying from someone you know:

WORDS THAT HURT: I was bullied by a group of boys throughout grades 7 and 8. It started with one older student who targeted me for no apparent reason. It was followed by cruel words, vulgar comments both spoken to me and even etched into the wooden window frames in the band room.  As a Christian, these were words I would not say, so I would not reply, but I would pray.

THINGS AND FISTS: One day it progressed to having to play keep away to get my things  back from 4 or 5 boys with my peers laughing at my inability to retrieve them. Days later that older boy who had started it all decided to make it physical, following me from lunch to class and punching me in the back of the head trying to make me fight him. He seemed to have fists like a grown man, and I was terrified of him. This went on repeatedly, and he continued to recruit more boys to join in. They were creative, always in a group, and always demoralizing. I became devastated, and convinced that I was all alone. But I prayed.

DON'T GIVE UP, THINGS DO WORK OUT: Sorry to say, nobody ever intervened. No adult or student took up for me. The boy who started it all finally punched a female student so hard that he knocked her out (several of us witnessed it from a distance and reported it). We never saw him again. The bullying slowed after that, and finally was no longer a problem.. 

A KIND WORD MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE: It took me 2 years to start feeling like myself again. Even though I played sports and I was in the band and was active in my church and in clubs, I struggled to recover from the effects of bullying. My sophomore year, a girl walked up to me and said "I never knew how funny you were, I am glad you are coming out of your shell..." It made me smile, just knowing that one person, a pretty girl even, thought I was cool. 

ALL GROWN UP--MEMORIES TO WISDOM: Years later I found myself in the role of New Madrid Junior High Assistant Principal. I recall dealing with bullies as a principal. As you might imagine I wasn't soft on them. However, I would always pray and ask for wisdom and for the ability to help students to know better, and to support students who were being bullied so that they wouldn't have to feel what I felt, or feel that they had to take matters into their own hands and suffer the consequences.

PLEASE, BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER: Now, as Superintendent of Schools, I am both saddened and thankful for lessons taught to me by bullies when I was a boy. If you wonder whether I have compassion for the oppressed, I do. But I also feel compassion for the child who is a bully, who is most certainly dealing with pain unspoken. 

Today I pray that each student feels safe, wanted, loved and "cool." And I thank the Lord for giving me parents who taught me to pray when I didn't know what else to do. I also thank Him for answering my prayers, delivering me, and teaching me these lessons so I can say these things to you:

I ask that you will be kind to one another, treating your peers as you would want to be treated. If you witness someone being oppressed, show compassion and do the right thing. If you are being bullied let us know, and rest assured that there are people who care. Never, ever give up, because a kind word, and a better day are just around the corner!

 WE CAN ALL FEEL SAFE, WE CAN ALL FEEL ACCEPTED. LET'S MAKE THIS OUR WAY OF LIFE!

Sincerely,
Dr. Sam Duncan
NMCR1 
Superintendent

 
No Bullying Allowed!