Types of Bullying

Parents, students, and staff should be aware of the characteristics of bullying and various types of bullying described on this page. This type of behavior is prohibited conduct in any school or school activity. Should an incident take place on school property, at a bus stop, on a school bus, or at any school activity, involving any of the following behavior, please report it immediately to school staff.

Bullying behavior is:

No Bullying

  1. Aggressive and hurtful to another person.
  2. Intentional and the student who is bullying another student is aware their behavior is hurting another student.
  3. Involves an imbalance of power. In some cases the bullying student may be larger or stronger than the victim. When the student bullying another student has more friends and/or more confidence than the bullied student, which is usually the case, this creates an imbalance of power. Bullying behavior is seldom a one-time incident.
  4. Repeated over time. This often causes the victim to live in constant fear.

Types of Bullying Include:

  1. Physical bullying such as hitting or shoving.
  2. Verbal bullying which can start as teasing or name calling.
  3. Leaving someone out on purpose.
  4. Getting a friend or a group of friends to turn on another student.
  5. Sexual harassment.
  6. Using electronic communication such as email, instant messaging, text messages, or any online social networking sites to repeatedly and intentionally cause harm or fear to a specific person/persons.

Characteristics of a Student Who Bullies

  1. Bullies are hot-headed and impulsive. They don't think a situation through or consider consequences.
  2. Bullies like to dominate others and feel as if he or she is the "boss".
  3. Bullies have difficulty respecting rules and believe they do not need to follow the rules.
  4. Bullies lack empathy. In other words they do not consider the feeling of others.
  5. Bullies often enjoy causing pain to others.
  6. Bullies believe they are not responsible for their actions and blame others.

Who Gets Bullied?

Any student could be the victim of bullying. However, there may be certain characteristics that make some students more vulnerable to bullying.

Bullied students may be:

  1. Shy or socially isolated. A student who bullies may select another student who has few or no friends on his or her side.
  2. Insecure and sensitive.
  3. Physically weaker than the student who is the bully. More often this factor applies to boys.
  4. Disabled physically, developmentally, or have a learning disability

Reporting Bullying

Any act of bullying should be reported to school staff as soon as possible in order to stop this unacceptable behavior. Should a student be aware of any act of bullying committed by another student that takes place in school, on school property, at a bus stop, on a school bus, or at any school activity, he or she should immediately report this incident to a staff member or the school principal.