Bleau Royale has shared with us her passion and given us hope, unity, love, intervention and empowerment with something she holds very near and dear to her heart. She gives us Bully Buzz.
“I believe that every person regardless of race, gender, religion, personal trend, and sexual preference has a right to be their own individual in their own way without having to face the fear of being hurt by anyone because of who they are. I want bullies to know being a bully is a reckless action that can ruin their life and inevitably hurt or kill someone maybe even themselves. They need to understand that it’s okay to admit they have a problem and get help for their anger and other issues that they have going on in their lives. I also want the victims of bullies to know they have power. They have the power to not allow themselves to be harmed. They need to know and understand that reporting a bully is not snitching. It’s protecting their safety and the safety of others.” - Bleau Royale
Bully Buzz is a Bully Intervention and Empowerment Program for young children, teens, and young adults. Our goal is to prevent and maintain a zero tolerance of bullying in our schools, work place, and community. We focus on reducing and preventing bullying, cyber bullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in our communities. We teach effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying; as well as educating young children, teens, and young adults in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide, raising awareness, peer mentoring programs in schools and for the public.
Bully Buzz enables young children, teens and young adults to submit private request online seeking assistance for bullying situations they may be facing at school, work, or within their community. Their online requests will create a support ticket that can be categorized in different support levels of low, medium, high, and urgent. Within their request we collect the pertinent information needed to begin the intervention process, such as, their name, school, the bully’s name and school, city and state, information about their situation, and give the option to provide any pictures or videos of any bruises and afflictions that can be used when contacting school officials, parents, and in a lot of cases the local authorities. All photos and videos are kept private and only used as evidence to help substantiate intervention.
After all the necessary information is collected upon submission a ticket number is created and emailed to the victim or reporter of the abuse. A second notification is send to Bully Buzz that alerts us that we have received a intervention request. Once we receive the request we will respond to the ticket by letting the victim or reporter know we have received their request and one of our Peer Advocates will contact them as soon as possible (normally immediately to within 10 minutes of received request). Once Bully Buzz makes contact we discuss their situation to assess what kind of intervention needs to take place. It is very crucial that we assess if suicide intervention is needed right from the beginning. If suicide intervention is needed one of our Peer Advocates will initiate intervention with counseling beginning with cavernous reassurance that they are not alone and we are here to help them.
We will intervene at every level possible including helping them talk to their parent or guardian about their situation, going to schools and speaking with administration, contacting the school of the bully and their parents and in some extreme situations going to the proper authorities, when an agreeable resolution cannot be reached.
Every support ticket is documented with every procedure and step taken to intervene and prevent. This means every email, phone call, office visit, meeting, and report regarding the request for bully intervention is logged for record. We believe this will give the reassurance that their voice has been heard, and there is someone who cares enough to take a stance and help protect.
Once intervention has been completed all Bully Buzz support tickets for bully intervention remain open for 90 days for continued follow up and support. After 90 days the ticket will be closed, but all information will remain available forever for future reference if needed. There are no limits to the amounts of reports and intervention requests Bully Buzz will take. Every request will be taken seriously and every voice will be heard.
If there is a bully who is seeking to get help he or she may also submit their information here as well. We will speak to them about their situation, discuss their options and help them with obtaining help with their issues.
If you know of anyone who is a bully or is being bullied do not hesitate to report it! You can report bullying to Bully Buzz by going to bullybuzz.org or calling the Bully Buzz Hotline at 855-BUZZTIP (289-9847). Bully Buzz is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and any report can be made anonymous.