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Building trust: schools respond to bullying

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By CHARLIE DENISON | Reporter - March 27, 2019 

Bullying has made its way into the headlines recently, both locally and nationally. It’s a problem that persists generation to generation, and it’s not going away.

Aware of this issue, Lewistown school counselors and administrators are doing what they can in hopes to prevent repeated incidents.

Teresa Majerus, a counselor at the Lewistown Junior High School and Fergus High School, said the schools have many programs focused on bullying prevention, such as Power Up and Speak Out, a Montana-made anti-bullying toolkit.

“Power Up and Speak Out emphasizes healthy peer and dating relationships,” Teresa said. “We talk about one-sided power and two-sided power. A teacher has one-sided power, an authority figure has one-sided power, but your peers do not.

If you are in a relationship with one-sided power, you should evaluate whether that’s a healthy relationship or not.”

Power Up and Speak Out helps to better define what bullying is and attempts to discover the underlying issues creating the behavior in the first place.

Teresa said teachers and administrators regularly talk with students about the different roles of bullying: victim, bully, bystander and upstander. 
“A bystander just stands there and watches, while an upstander interferes,  saying something like, ‘you need to leave that person alone,’” said Teresa.

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About Fergus High

Fergus High School is well known as one of Montana’s best secondary schools.

We are a public four-year high school that is centrally located in Lewistown, Montana; east of Great Falls and north of Billings. In terms of proximity, Lewistown is a little more than one hundred miles from the nearest university.  However, we are fortunate to be supported, in part, by the Central Montana Education Center and MSU Northern, which host many college-level opportunities for students.

Area-wise our school district is a relatively large, serving all of Lewistown and much of Fergus County. Lewistown itself is located along the magnificent Big Spring Creek in the Judith Basin that encompasses much of Central Montana between the Judith, Moccasin and Snowy Mountain ranges.

Our community is also fortunate to be the center of a historically robust agricultural area and recently it has developed a strong manufacturing economy. Lewistown promotes a lifestyle that enjoys the great outdoors with many great fishing and hunting opportunities. Those recreational opportunities help drive a growing tourism industry, as well. 

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