Bullying Prevention

Learn More about Bullying Prevention

Safe Schools Training Resources

Contact Us

Elizabeth Suddath, MPH
Executive Director of Prevention Services
Phone: (405) 521-2106
Tosin Akande, MPHCHES®
Bullying Prevention Specialist
Office: (405) 522-6262
Mobile: (405) 669 6315

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“Bullying” means any pattern of harassment, intimidation, threatening behavior, physical acts, verbal or electronic communication directed toward a student or group of students that results in or is reasonably perceived as being done with the intent to cause negative educational or physical results for the targeted individual or group and is communicated in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission or the education of any student. 70 Okl. St. § 24-100.3 (2013)

Bullying is a form of youth violence that has negative effects on the social environment. Bullying is associated with increased risk for negative health and behavioral outcomes throughout the lifespan, including depression, anxiety, substance use, suicidal ideation and attempts, criminality, and involvement in other forms of interpersonal violence. 

As a form of childhood adversity, bullying can include aggression that is physical (hitting, tripping), verbal (name calling, teasing), or relational/social (spreading rumors, leaving out of group). It creates a climate of fear among students, inhibits their ability to learn, and could potentially lead to other antisocial behaviors. This webpage is dedicated to preventing bullying involvment and creating a culture of kindness.

State Laws and Policies  Data and Statistics  Training and Resources  Bullying Prevention FAQs

Prevention Team

Our Prevention Team is able to provide training and technical assistance to all schools and districts in the areas of:

  • Bullying Prevention Requirements
  • Internet Safety Awareness and Prevention Strategies
  • Trauma-Informed Bullying Prevention Strategies
  • Evidence-based Programs and Curricular 
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards 
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Bullying Prevention Framework

The Office of Student Support uses the Social-Ecological model (SEM) and the Whole School Whole Child Whole Community (WSCC) Model, to better understand and prevent bullying behaviors.These models allow us to address the factors that put children at risk for engaging in bullying activities and factors that protect them from experiencing such activities.

Essential Documents

Description Document

This form can be completed when there is a witness to a bullying incident.

Witness Report Form (pdf)

This form can be completed to provide the details of a bullying incident to the district.

Incident Report Form (pdf)

This form can be used to assist districts in investigating reported bullying behaviors.

Investigation Form (pdf)

This form can be used when interviewing students involved in a bullying incident.

Interview Form (pdf)

This letter can be used to notify a district of a bullying incident.

Parent Letter (Word)

This form can be used by students to notify the school of being bullied or harassed.

Student Report Form (pdf)

This document can be used to assess bullying in schools.

Assessment Tools (pdf)

This document can be used to survey school staff regarding bullying prevention.

Staff Survey (Word)

This is a sample student behavior contract.

Student Behavior Contract (pdf)

This is a sample anti-bullying community pledge.

Community Pledge (pdf)

This is a reproducible poster on who to contact in a bullying situation.

Contact Chart (pdf)

This a bullying warning signs reproducible brochure.

Warning Signs Brochure (pdf)

Take Action Against Bullying Bookmark

Bookmark (pdf)

Text “OKSThreat” to 226787

Students, teachers and staff can now report threats in Oklahoma schools via text message. Through a partnership between the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) and the Oklahoma School Security Institute (OSSI), a division of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (ODEMHS), this state-of-the-art technology will enhance statewide school safety and security to an already existing telephone tip line. 

Text “OKS Threat” to 226787

Any incident or concerns that could compromise the safety or security of any Oklahoma school or school-sanctioned event can be reported by texting “OKSThreat” to 226787. 

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Upcoming Events Recent Updates

Bullying and Opioid Misuse Webianr Series [ Oct. 6th & 13th]

1. More Connected Than You Think

On the surface, bullying and adolescent opioid use may seem like separate problems. However, research shows that bullying and opioid misuse are connected because emotional problems are at the root of most adolescent substance misuse. Unlike bullying however, opioid misuse doesn't pick sides. Learn more about the interconnectedness of children's involvement in bullying activities and opioid misuse.


2. Connecting School Supports

Involvement in bullying activities is a prominent risk factor for adolescent opioid misuse. Fortunately, collaborative efforts have been proven to be one of the most effective ways of preventing bullying and opioid misuse in adolescents. Join us as we explore available supports for addressing bullying and opioid misuse as a school health issue, and action points that should be considered for successful prevention.



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Last updated on October 8, 2021