BOB program keeps focus on bullying problem
We kicked off the New Year at Arthurs Middle School by remaining focused on the topic of bullying. BOB — or Black Out Bullying week — is back at Arthurs. We recently were informed about bullying and other student occurrences not too long ago, but one can never know too much on how to prevent these things from happening.
A main focus for Black Out Bullying week was a focus on a service called “Ok2Say.” Ok2Say is a program that kids can use to get in touch with adults that can help with a situation like bullying, or even something more serious such as a fight or even threat of suicide.
I have mentioned this before but I am now more informed on this subject. Ok2Say is a way for students to be heard whenever something bad may happen or is going to happen. This useful tool can be accessed by a phone number, email, website, or even a mobile app. The program is running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
One example of how this program may be used is if someone knows that a fight is going to happen after school, they can send a simple text to their number. The more information a student can give the better it is for the people behind the program. For instance, who, what, when, where, and maybe even why.
After the text is sent and the people view the message, contact will be made immediately to the school at which it is occurring. In some circumstances police can even be reached for more serious matters, such as suicidal threats or actions from someone. Visit ok2say.com for more information.
Student correspondent Nick Burke is an eighth grader at Arthurs Middle School.