Bully Free Zone
What is Bullying?
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. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
For more information on bullying, check out the websites below:
When Should I Make a Report?
How do you know that you should make a report? Below is a list that may help you report an event when:
You feel that someone is threatening to beat you up in school, on school property, or on the bus
You have reason to suspect someone of taking something of yours without permission
You learn that someone is spreading rumors about you or your family
You have experienced someone embarassing you in front of others by calling you names, knocking books out of your hands, pulling chairs out from under you, etc
You hear that someone is telling other kids not to talk to you or to be friends with you
*Do not feel that you're limited to reporting just these examples. If someone is bothering you, report it!*
Why Use the Report Forms?
To stop bullying on school property
Give students a way to feel safe when reporting an incident
Help the staff and the principals monitor bullying in the schools
Important Things to Remember Before Using Report Forms
Please do not make up a report in order to try to get someone in trouble
First try to be assertive and stick up for yourself and if that does not work, report the incident