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What is Bullying?

A problem behavior based on power relationships in which a child or a group of children uses power aggressively to cause emotional or physical pain and distress to another child. Bullying experiences include not only physical aggression but also verbal aggression, including teasing and taunting, spreading rumors, or socially rejecting and isolating another student.

Straight facts about bullying:

  • Over 5.7 million youth in the United States are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully, or a target of bullying, or both.
  • 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.
  • Recent bullying statistics show that half of all bullying incidents go unreported.
  • 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, and physically.
  • 75% of school-shooting incidents have been linked to harassment and bullying.
  • Kids who are bullied are three to five times more likely to have suicidal thoughts and attempt suicide.
  • Social media intensifies bullying.

Signs that a Student is being bullied:

  • Report losing items.
  • Have unexplained injuries.
  • Complain frequently of headaches, stomach aches, or feeling sick.
  • Hurt themselves.
  • Lose interest in visiting or talking with friends.
  • Are afraid of going to/from school or other activities with peers.
  • Appear sad, moody, angry, anxious, or depressed.
  • Talk about suicide.
  • Suddenly have fewer friends.
  • Avoid certain places.
  • Act differently than usual.
  • Want to sit near the driver.
  • Want to sit with the same "safe" student or group of students all of the time (behind them, in front of them, or surrounded by them).
  • Want to sit on the inside seat—not the aisle seat.

Signs of Students that Bully:

  • Become violent with others.
  • Get into physical or verbal fights with others.
  • Get in trouble a lot, including being sent to the principal's office or detention.
  • Have extra money or new belongings that cannot be explained.
  • Are quick to blame others.
  • Will not accept responsibility for their actions.
  • Have friends who bully others.
  • Need to win or be best at everything.
  • Try to move near enough to the student being bullied to continue bullying—for example, the bullying student may move near enough so the student being bullied can hear remarks, be touched, or be bothered.
  • Vie for attention, talk loudly, wave at the driver in the mirror, or move from seat to seat.
  • Watch the driver and change seats to be near the student being bullied when the driver is at an intersection or watching the road
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