Guidance and Counseling

Facts About Bullying


What Is Bullying?

Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior that is intentional, hurtful, (physical and psychological), and/or threatening and persistent (repeated). There is an imbalance of strength (power and dominance).

The above definition includes the following criteria that will help you determine if a student is being bullied:

  • The mistreatment must be intentional.
  • The mistreatment must be hurtful (physical or psychological).
  • The mistreatment is threatening. The individual fears harms. Fear their safety.
  • The mistreatment must occur more than once. However, some disagree with this. They say one very hurtful event is enough to label it bullying.
  • There must be a power imbalance.

What Does Bullying Look Like?

Direct Bullying Behaviors

Physical Bullying (a few examples)

  • Hitting, slapping, elbowing, shouldering (slamming someone with your shoulder)
  • Shoving in a hurtful or embarrassing way
  • Kicking
  • Taking, stealing, damaging or defacing belongings or other property
  • Restraining
  • Pinching
  • Flushing someone’s head in the toilet
  • Cramming someone into his or her locke
  • Attacking with spit wads or food

Verbal Bullying (a few examples)

  • Name-calling
  • Insulting remarks and put-downs
  • Repeated teasing
  • Racist remarks or other harassment
  • Threats and intimidation
  • Whispering behind someone’s back