Friday, August 31, 2012

KCBS Cover Story: San Francisco School Offers Anti-Bullying Class


Reporting Jeffrey Schaub | KCBS


SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Nobody likes a bully, least of all the one being bullied. And, because nobody knows this better than kids, why not teach kids to put bullies in their place?

One San Francisco elementary school is doing just that, adding a new subject to the curriculum: bullying. It’s all about teaching kids how to stop bullies from bullying, and help those who have been victimized.

In all, 50 kids come together weekly for the anti-bullying education at the Rooftop School, a K-8 Public Alternative School in San Francisco. The Bully Ambassador class addresses bullying not only in the classroom or on the playgroup, but after school hours as well.

“They’re given sort of social skills that will serve them their whole lives,” explained program director, Katie MacDougal. “Ways to distract from what’s going on or to reason with the person who’s doing the aggression without being confrontational.”

KCBS’ Jeffrey Schaub Reports