WHAT IS BULLYING?
BULLYING is any (repeated) pattern of gestures, written, electronic, or verbal communications, OR any physical act or threatening communication that takes place on school property, that:
1) Places a student or school employee in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person, or damage to his or her property; OR
2) Creates, or is certain to create, a hostile environment by substantially interfering with OR impairing a student's educational performance, opportunities or benefits.
- A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT means that the victim subjectively views the conduct as bullying, AND
- The conduct is objectively severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable person would agree that it is bullying.
WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE IS BULLYING YOU:
- Tell someone you trust about it. (Or, if it is easier for you, write that person a note instead.) People you might want to tell are parents, teachers, principals, etc.
- If the person you told cannot help you or does not do anything, FIND SOMEONE ELSE!
- Never keep being bullied a secret.
- Try not to let the bully see you upset.
- Avoid areas where the bully feels comfortable picking on you (for example, places where teachers cannot see you).
- Try to surround yourself with friends and people who will stand up for you.
TIPS FOR SPOTTING BULLIES:
- Bullying takes at least two people -- the bully and the victim.
- Bullies enjoy feeling strong and superior.
- Bullies enjoy having power over others.
- Bullies like to create chaos and confusion in the school.
- Bullies show no respect for others.
- Bullies use their power to hurt other people.