Bullying is one of the biggest issues schools may face, and it’s made worse when students don’t feel empowered to prevent or stop it. To change that, Gahanna Lincoln High School has implemented Green Dot, a bystander intervention training program for students created to prevent power-based violence. Power-based violence is any act of violence that is motivated by power or control, such as dating violence or bullying.
When Cheryl Lowery, a health teacher, heard about Green Dot, she brought it to the school’s attention and Gahanna Lincoln became the first school in Ohio to implement the program.
“Everyone should come to school feeling welcomed, wanted and loved,” said Assistant Principal, Tim Gagliardo.
Green Dot provides student-trainees with two ways to end power-based violence: proactive and reactive methods. Proactive efforts include promoting awareness that violence will not be tolerated, and everyone is expected to do their part to foster a safe school community. Reactive efforts include directly interacting with the potential perpetrator or victim, distracting the perpetrator to diffuse the situation or delegating the task of intervening to someone else, such as an administrator. These efforts are used to stop potential dangers from happening or to decrease the likelihood the situation will get worse.