Children First: Bullying Culture of Change - KOTA Territory News

Children First: Bullying Culture of Change


A 'culture change' is taking over an elementary school in the KOTA Territory as it tackles the issue of bullying.

Students at Tongue River Elementary are sitting up straight to learn the skills of self-control, a skill that education specialist, Jon Oliver, says will help stop bullying.

Oliver teaches students how to practice self-control and other life skills through many different activities that help make the skills more tangible to students.

He says if skills like self-control, listening, and diversity become a consistent part of students' lives at an early age, the culture of bullying can change.

In just six days with Oliver, staff members say they're already seeing changes.

"To see the difference in that amount of time has just been pretty amazing to us. Some of our biggest challenges are the ones sitting up proud and demonstrating self control in the hallways," said Tongue River Principal Deb Hofmeier.

Oliver explains his philosophy of self control and many other skills to teach students in his book, 'The ABC's of Life.'

You can find more information on Oliver and this 'culture change' at

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