As many conflicts escalate or go unresolved because students do not have the necessary skills to handle them successfully, MPB teaches weekly classes in K-5 where students learn and practice positive approaches to conflict situations, they gain an increased understanding of themselves and others, learn to respect and accept differences, and learn self-control and the appropriate expression of emotions such as anger and frustration. As students learn conflict resolution skills, they become equipped to respond creatively to conflict situations rather than to respond with coercive, destructive behaviors.

Research shows that both bullies and their targets have a limited ability to solve conflicts. As bullies continue to pick on their targets and as the targets continue to find themselves bullied, they each develop patterns of response that eventually become a part of their personalities. As behavior is learned, MPB teaches children developmentally appropriate conflict resolution skills before these aggressive/passive behaviors become personality traits. By learning assertion, communication, and negotiation skills, and appropriate bystander skills, our students are preparing themselves for living in a diverse and multicultural world.

MPB as well as the Archdiocese of Denver takes teasing, bullying, and harassment very seriously whether in written, verbal or other media form. Though rare, serious incidents at Most Precious Blood are handled on an individual basis with the final discretion and consequences determined by the principal, principal designee, or pastor. Most incidents at MPB are due to lack of judgment, disruption to learning or a lack of skills with most incidents being handled by the teacher in the classroom.

MPB prides itself on the proactive approach it takes to children learning pro-social and friendship skills from kindergarten through fifth grade. Lessons are taught by the assistant principal weekly in the classroom. In junior high, the approach shifts to more character, life-building and leadership skills. Check out the videos below to see MPB in action.

The Archdiocese defines HARASSMENT as follows: Any verbal, physical or visual conduct on the part of students that has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.

The Archdiocese defines BULLYING as follows: A conscious, willful, and deliberate hostile activity intended to harm, induce fear through the threat of further aggression, and create terror. Bullying includes three elements – imbalance of power, intent to harm and threat of further aggression.

The Archdiocese defines TEASING as follows: Children may regularly interact in a manner that would be unacceptable among adults. They are still learning how to interact appropriately with their peers. It is understandable that, in a school setting, students often engage in teasing, insults, banter, shoving, pushing this is upsetting to students. Teasing behaviors – while needing to be addressed by school officals – do not constitute bullying or harassment and the interventions and consequences are of another level.