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What is Bullying? Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional. Bullying is typically repeated over time. Bullying has many forms: Physical Bullying Verbal Bullying Nonverbal Bullying Emotional Bullying Cyber Bullying
Krum ISD’s Definition of Bullying: Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression or physical conduct that: 1.Will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or 2.Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
Bullying May Include: Hazing Threats Taunting Teasing Confinement Assault Demands for money Destruction of property Theft of valued possessions Name calling Rumor spreading Ostracism.
How Common is Bullying? Approximately 30 percent of all children and youth in grades 6 through 10 have been bullied or have bullied other children “sometimes” or more often within a semester, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Nansel et al., 2001). Verbal bullying is the most common type of bullying experienced by both boys and girls.
Who is Affected by Bullying? EVERYONE is Affected by Bullying! – Boys are more likely to be physically bullied by their peers (Olweus, 1993; Nansel et al., 2001) – Girls are more likely to report being targets of rumor spreading (Nansel et al., 2001). – Girls are also more likely than boys to bully each other using social exclusion (Olweus, 2002).
John Carmichael – Joshua, TX
Research Shows: Boys who were identified as bullies in middle school were four times as likely as their non-bullying peers to have more than one criminal conviction by age 24 (Olweus, 1993). – 40% had three or more arrests. Research shows that bullying can be a sign of other serious antisocial or violent behavior. Children and youth who frequently bully their peers are more likely than others to get into frequent fights, be injured in a fight, vandalize or steal property, drink alcohol, smoke, be truant from school, drop out of school, and carry a weapon (Nansel et al., 2003; Olweus, 1993).
Research Shows: Six out of ten teens witness bullying at least once a day. 66% of youth are teased at least once a month, and nearly one-third are bullied at least once a month. An estimated 160,000 students miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.
Research Shows: 4 out of 5 middle school students admit they act like bullies at least once a month. 7% of eighth-graders stay at home at least once a month because of bullies. 14% of 8th-12th graders and 22% of 4th-8 th graders reported “bullying diminished their ability to learn in school.”
What Should You Do if You are Being Bullied? Any student who believes that he or she has experienced bullying or believes that another student has experienced bullying should immediately report the alleged acts to a teacher, counselor, principal, or other District employee. Or if you witness bullying – report it.
Identity Is Private To the greatest extent possible, the District shall respect the privacy of the complainant, persons against whom a report is filed, and witnesses. Limited disclosures may be necessary in order to conduct a thorough investigation.
Bullying is Against the Law Phoebe Prince – 15 year old from Massachusetts – Suicide From Bullying Bullies are being criminally prosecuted.