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Olweus program decreases bullying at Byrnes Freshman Academy

March 26, 2014
James F Byrnes Freshman Academy

The Olweus program has prevented bullying at Byrnes Freshman Academy (BFA) according to administration.

BFA classrooms adopted the Olweus program to improve student relationships and decrease issues among the student body.

Since 1980, Olweus was designed to improve peer relations, and make schools safer and more positive places for students to learn and develop.

Using their experience of over 35 years of research and successful implementation all over the world, Olweus has affected the students of BFA positively. 

They now “…more willing[ly] express to an adult when something is happening. I think students are going back and forth between each other less now.” Courtney Johns, assistant principal of BFA, commented on the program.

By definition, bullying is an aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power, most often over time.

Olweus helps to prevent the development of new bullying problems and reduce existing bullying situations among students through videos and discussions led in a group environment. These discussions allow students to see the concept of bullying from different perspectives and to better understand everyone’s role in a situation where bullying has occurred.

“Olweus has helped me to realize the effects and consequences of bullying on another’s personal life,” said Kinsley Burke, student at BFA.

“[Olweus] helps me understand how bullying affects other people with their words and actions,” reported Patrick Hayes, student at BFA.

Both Hayes and Burke have been participating in the program since their shared 8th grade year. (2012-2013).


However, the program does seem to be missing a key feature or two that would benefit the students.

“I would have a way for students to submit stuff anonymously,” said Courtney Johns, assistant principal at BFA.

“The only negative impact is that it takes away [time] from a core class, but I guess in the scope of things, it’s better because it’s so effective,” said Brett Hamilton, math teacher at BFA.

Olweus is not just for the students, it’s also helped to open the eyes of many of the employees at BFA.,

“I guess it kind of helps me think before I say something. I did have  . . . a student who was getting singled out by a few other boys and picked on . . . , and I called them out for it. He came up to me after class and thanked me. . . . You don’t really know if what you say is even going to make a difference or not,” Hamilton shared. 

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