From the desk of Russell Kincaid, Principal
Bullies are found in every school throughout the country. Too often, bullying is the way young people interact today. Every school must recognize this inappropriate behavior and take steps to stop it. Twinbrook High School is no exception.
If bullying behavior is ignored or downplayed, students will suffer. Bullying and harrassment can cause lifelong damage to its victims. When a school fails to deal with bullies, the well-being of all its students is jeopardized. Allowing this improper behavior to continue creates a hostile environment which interferes with learning.
Bullying will NOT be tolerated at Twinbrook High.
WHAT IS BULLYING BEHAVIOR?
Bullying behavior is any form of deliberate, hurtful behavior or harrassment. This includes physical acts, such as hitting, kicking, or damaging another student's personal property. It also includes verbal abuse, such as name-calling and insults. Bullying can also be emotional or social. This includes spreading rumors, deliberately slighting others or subjecting other students to ridicule.
TWINBROOK HIGH SCHOOL IS TAKING ACTION IMMEDIATELY
An unfortunate incident recently occurred involving students from this school. Although I regret that the incident happened, I am relieved that the issue is now out in the open and the extent of bullying behavior at Twinbrook High can be addressed. I am now asking that all students pledge to prevent bullying behavior at our school. Do not support those who harrass others; do not give approval to inappropriate behavior. If you see any student subjected to harrassment, speak up! Do not remain silent; do not look the other way. Take a stand, step forward, and offer any assistance possible to students who are being harrassed.
A SAFE HAVEN ROOM
Beginning Monday, January 3, when we return from holidays, Room 24 will be designated as a "Safe Haven" area. Any student who feels threatened, abused, bullied, or harrassed may go to the Safe Haven at any time. Students who are interested in becoming Safe Haven volunteers should stop by my office for additional information.
A meeting for all school staff and parents of Twinbrook High School students will be held on Tuesday evening, January 4, at 7:00 PM. Additional counseling and special programs will be put into place if deemed necessary.
EVERY STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO LEARN IN A NON-THREATENING ENVIRONMENT. BULLYING BEHAVIOR IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AT ANY TIME AT TWINBROOK HIGH SCHOOL.