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Bullying/Harassment

Every day in the United States 160,000 young people and teens stay away from school because they are being bullied. A person can experience bullying in a number of ways:

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Name calling Nasty teasing Threats and extortion Physical violence Damage to belongings Malicious rumors being spread about him/her Being deliberately and frequently left out of social activities Receiving or being the subject of cyberbullying (harmful or cruel text or images using the Internet or other digital communication devices)

Victims of bullying may demonstrate the following signs:

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Headaches and stomachaches Anxiety Irritability Excessive caution Low self-esteem They rarely defend themselves or retaliate A lack of social skills A lack of friends Social Isolation Physical weakness

Bullies…

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Like inflicting injury on others Have little empathy for their victims Deny their actions and say they were provoked Often receive physical punishment at home Learn to handle problems by hitting Lack parental involvement and warmth Are generally defiant towards adults Are frequently anti-social

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