A Message from Vice Principal Alvarez
The Siren Staff The Siren Staff September 11, 2014

A Message from Vice Principal Alvarez

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Dear Students,

Recent events make it important for me to reinforce East Los High’s Policy on bullying.

I’ve seen how serious the consequences of bullying can be. It can ruin students’ experience of school, prevent them from succeeding academically, and sometimes even cost lives.

I care deeply about the students at ELH and I don’t want to see this happen here. Every student deserves to feel they can go through an ordinary day without being tormented.

The world outside may be crazy, but inside the walls of East Los High I insist that we create an atmosphere that is safe and respectful for everyone.

For great support and information about bullying, go to stopbullying.gov. And just so we’re totally clear about what I mean, here is our policy handout:

At East Los High, no bullying of any kind will be tolerated!

What is bullying? There are three types:

  1. Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things, including on the internet or in texts
  2. Social bullying is hurting someone’s reputation
  3. Physical bullying is hurting a person’s body or possessions

Bullying can happen at school or outside of school.

Verbal bullying includes:

  • Teasing
  • Name-calling
  • Mean text messages or emails
  • Rumors sent in text, email or posted on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Embarrassing pictures, videos, websites or fake profiles
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Taunting
  • Threatening to cause harm

Social bullying includes:

  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Telling other people not to be friends with someone
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public

Physical bullying involves:

  • Hitting/kicking/grabbing
  • Spitting
  • Tripping/pushing
  • Taking or breaking someone’s things
  • Making mean or rude hand gestures

If you are being bullied:

  • Tell a teacher
  • Tell a school counselor
  • Come to the Principal’s office and tell me! My door is always open to students
  • Tell a trusted family member
  • Go to stopbullying.gov
  • If you are feeling really bad, call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1.800.273.8255

What will happen when you come talk to us? Will the situation get worse?

When you talk to us about bullying, you’ll feel better! We have lots of ways to keep you safe and to deal with the situation in the least embarrassing and least painful way. We’re on your side!

Nobody ever deserves to be bullied! It is never the victim’s fault!

At East Los High we are dedicated to your success, both here at school and in your life to come. That’s why we are serious about creating a safe atmosphere for our students.

Sincerely Yours,
Vice-Principal Alvarez

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