• According to Stopbullying.gov, "Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time." October is National Bullying Prevention month which brings a great opportunity to discuss this tough topic. Sometimes it is hard to decide if what is happening to your student is bullying or a conflict. Conflict is when both students are involved and hurtful comments or actions are occurring on both sides. Students will often express that other students have done something to hurt their feelings. When this happens, ask your student if they 1. asked the person to stop and 2. if they told the person how that makes them feel. If they did these things and the student continues to hurt your students feelings...then we could have a bullying situation on our hands. Here at Fountain City, we take any reports of bullying very seriously. The report is fully investigated and appropriate consequences are given. Please encourage your student to speak up against bullying and let a teacher know ASAP if they are experiencing any continued hurtful problems from another classmate. If you would like to view FCE's bullying policy then click here. This is a form that every student and parent signed at the beginning of the year. If you would like to see Knox County's bullying policy, you can view it here


    Conflict vs. bullying

Immediate Help and Support

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

    The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support 1-800-273-8255.

    Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Crisis Text Line

    Text “TN” to 741-741 to be connected to a crisis counselor.
    The line will provide immediate support and referrals for suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression, child and domestic abuse, substance abuse, eating disorders, human trafficking and more.

    Mobile Crisis Unit Hotline

    Mobile Crisis Unit (MCU) provides a 24-hour crisis response system for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The program provides assessments, triage, and access to appropriate levels of care.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Organizations and Resources

  • Mental Health Association of East Tennessee 
    The Mental Health Association of East Tennessee is a 501 (C)3 non profit organization dedicated to educating the community about mental health issues.
    Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
    The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) is the statewide public-private organization responsible for implementing the Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention as defined by the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Mental Health Screening Tools