Bullying Prevention Efforts

Since 2011, NC-ACE has been conducting bullying prevention efforts in Robeson County. Many of these efforts were through our Students Against Violence Everywhere (S.A.V.E.) intervention which was the first intervention to transition over to Robeson County Teen Court and Youth Services in 2013.

Through the support of local donations and the National S.A.V.E. organization RCTCYS has actively conducted presentations to over 1,000 students, parents, teachers, law enforcement and service providers in our quest to address bullying in our communities.


RCTCYS and Public Schools of Robeson County
co-facilitating a bullying presentation and screening of
“BULLY” to the school administrators, teachers,
students and parents on June 2, 2014

Throughout Robeson County we have conducted screenings of the documentary film “BULLY” in a town hall format allowing for Q&A sessions to be facilitated by our staff. Bullying prevention literature and materials were distributed.

RCTCYS has adopted various lesson plans and strategies to address bullying through conflict resolution and mediation techniques, bullying prevention lesson plans from Peel County, California Health Dept. and gender specific self-esteem programming through Creating Out Reality (CORe).

For over a year, UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work Doctoral Researchers Caroline Robertson-Evans and Katie Cotter have been conducting qualitative interviews with victims of bullying in Robeson County. The below information was taken from an article “Bullying Victimization in Rural Youth” which was written by Caroline R. Evans and submitted to The Journal of Early Adolescence:
"Little research has been conducted on health-related risk and protective factors for youth in rural settings (Carlson, 2006; Dawkins & Hill, 1995; Robbins, Dollard, Armstrong, Kutash, & Vergon, 2008; Spoth, Goldberg, Neppl, Trudeau, & Ramisetty-Mikler, 2001). There is a particular dearth of literature examining rural youths’ experiences over the middle school and high school years (Witherspoon & Ennett, 2011), especially in regard to the correlates of bullying in impoverished, rural settings. Bullying, aggression, and violence are often considered inner-city problems, resulting in a research knowledge base that has been dominantly, if not exclusively, devoted to urban youth with little generalizability to their rural counterparts (Dukes & Stein, 2003; Elgar, Knight, Worrall, & Sherman, 2003). There is a common misperception that rural living is “tranquil” and “peaceful” (Grama, 2000), when in reality, rural life has many complications (i.e. geographic isolation, minimal community resources, lack of public transportation) absent in urban environments (U.S. Department of Justice, 2001). Additionally, rural youth are significantly more likely than urban and suburban youth to smoke, drink alcohol, use drugs, bring a weapon to school, and have sexual intercourse (Atav & Spencer, 2002). These additional stressors and risk factors of rural living may impact the school experiences, mental health outcomes, and bullying experiences of rural youth."


Paige delivering her anti-bullying message as a part of
her platform for teen court participants and students
of Lumberton and Purnell-Swett High Schools at the
RCTCYS courtroom in Lumberton

Beginning July 1, 2014 Robeson County Teen Court & Youth Services will initiate the Strike Out Bullying campaign. We are seeking support from local, state and national partners to assist us in addressing the bullying issues in Robeson County by implementing violence prevention strategies through the philosophy of team sports with specific focus on the sport of baseball.

 


Katie Cotter and Carey Evans, UNC-CH Doctoral Students, Alejandra Reyes
and Nakita Shumpert, Experiential Learning Students attending the National
SAVE Summit; both Carey and Katie presented their research and findings
on their on-going study of bullying in Robeson County.