It's called the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, and Hamilton schools are instituting it.

The Hamilton Middle School students have picked the slogan "Support, Report, Defend" as the description of the program.

Monday evening, February 4, at 6 p.m., a Parents Night will be conducted by school staff, with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and child care provided by the Keystone After School Program.

Then, Thursday, February 7, the students will hear from speaker Joel Brentley:

  • The kids from grades 5 through 8 will meet at the Hamilton Middle School Gym at 10 a.m.
  • The kids from grades 1 through 4 (Washington, Daly and Grantsdale) will meet at the Hamilton High School PAC at 1 p.m.
  • Dan Kimzey, HMS principal said, in a news release, "I'm really excited to bring the Olweus Bullying-Prevention Program...not just because it is considered the Gold Standard among bullying-prevention programs, but because it gives our K-8 students, staff and parents a common language and common strategies in dealing with peer abuse and relational aggression."

    Training documents are being sent to businesses and community members by e-mail, and students will have weekly class meetings to learn about the effects of bulling, what they can do and how they can work with adults to stop it, even as bystanders.

    For more informationm, call Vickie Dickerson at (406) 363-2121 of Matt Yaskus at (406) 363-2122.