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A Message from Mr. Ridder, Superintendent and PK-4 Principal

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Parents and Guardians,


One of the toughest issues to deal with in schools is bullying. The main problem is that it often happens behind the scenes and students who are bullied don’t want to come forward because of pride or fear of retaliation. I would like to tell you that Logan-Magnolia does not have any bullying issues, but that would be a lie. I can tell you that we do work to spot the warning signs of bullying. If and when a bullying issue is uncovered, we deal with as quickly and effectively as possible. There is a myth that our school does not address all bully issues that come across our desks.  Obviously, this is not the case. The reason this myth is out there is that we do not publicize information when dealing with bullying. Students are afforded the right of privacy, and the consequences for bullying are kept confidential.


Below are some strategies you can use to help your family deal with bullying:

  • Talk with and Listen to Your Children Everyday. Ask questions about their school day, including experiences on the way to and from school, lunch, and recess. Ask about their peers. Children who feel comfortable talking to their parents about these matters before they experienced bullying are more likely to get them involved after.
  • Be a Good Example. When you get angry at waiters, other drivers or others, model effective communication techniques. As Education.com puts it, "Any time you speak to another person in a mean or abusive way, you're teaching your child that bullying is ok."
  • Create Healthy Anti-Bullying Habits. Starting as young as possible, coach your children on both what not to do (push, tease, and be mean to others) as well as what to do (be kind, empathize, and take turns). Coach your child on what to do if someone is mean to him or to another (get an adult, tell the bully to stop, walk away and ignore the bully).
  • Make Sure Your Child Understands Bullying. Explicitly explain what it is and that it's not normal or tolerable for them to bully, be bullied, or stand by and watch other kids be bullied.

(These tips were adapted from materials by the National PTA and Education.com.)

Thank you for all you do for Logan-Magnolia Schools.

Tom Ridder




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