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The biggest threat our students face!

"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself." Dan Olweus

Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. It involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time and often involves an imbalance of power or strength.

Types of Bullying:

Verbal bullying including derogatory comments and bad names.

Bullying through social exclusion or isolation.

Physical bullying such as hitting, kicking, shoving and spitting

Bullying through lies and false rumors

Having money or other things take or damaged by students who bully

Being threatened or being forced to do things by students who bully

Racial bullying

Sexual bullying

Cyber bullying

Bullying is Not Teasing:

It might be hard to tell the difference between playful teasing and bullying. Teasing usually involves two or more friends who act together in a way that seems fun to all the people involved. Often they tease each other equally, but it never involves physical or emotional abuse.

Students Who are Bullied:

Students who are being bullied often exhibit some warning signs. Also its important to recognize the characteristics of students who bully, which may help prevent bullying and allow for early intervention.

Student will often exhibit warning signs.

Have unexplained cuts, bruises or scratches.

Seem afraid of going to school.

Lose interest in doing school work, or suddenly begin to do poorly in school.

They can appear sad, moody, teary or depressed when he or she comes home.

Complain frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical problems.

Have frequent bad dreams, or trouble sleeping.

Have a loss of appetite.

Appear anxious and suffer from low self-esteem.

Students deserve to feel safe at school.

But when they experience bullying, these types of effects can last long into their future.

Depression

Low self-esteem

Health problems

Poor grades

Suicidal thoughts

Students Who Bully Others:

Students who intentionally bully others should be held accountable for their actions. Those who bully their peers are also more likely than those student who do not bully others to:

Get into frequent fights

Steal and vandalize property

Drink & smoke

Receive poor grades

Perceive a negative climate at school

Carry a weapon

Observers of Bullying:

Students who see bullying happen also may feel that they are in an unsafe environment. Effects may include feeling:

Fearful

Powerless to act

Guilty for not acting

Tempted to participate

Schools with Bullying Issues:

When bullying continues and a school does not take action, the entire school climate can be affected in the following ways:

The school develops and environment of fear and disrespect

Students have difficulty learning

Student feel insecure

Students dislike school

Students perceive that teachers and staff have little control and don't care about them.


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