Bullying can happen to anyone and in any situation. Unfortunately, no one is immune to bullying. Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among people where there is a real or perceived imbalance of power. People who are bullied or who bully can have serious emotional problems later in life because bullying can be so traumatic.
- Bullying includes verbal bullying like teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments and taunting.
- Bullying also includes social bullying, this can be purposely leaving people out of social situations, spreading rumors, and embarrassing someone in public.
- Sometimes people are singled out because they are different from all the rest. These people can become the victims of bullying. They may dress differently, new to school, have a different sexual orientation, or behave differently from the rest.
- Lastly bullying can include physical bullying. Hitting, spitting, tripping, pushing, or taking someone else’s possessions can all be forms of physical bullying.
No one should ever be bullied no matter how different they are. If you are the victim of bullying or know someone who is, please speak up and remember you are not alone.
If you’re being bullied…
- Talk to a trusted adult about what’s happening. Your parents, a teacher or counselor can direct you to useful resources or even talk to the people who are bothering you.
- If the bullying is serious or physical, and you feel you are in legitimate harm, don’t hesitate to call your school district’s police department.
- Seeing a counselor can not only help you deal with the emotional effects of bullying, but your school counselor can even help stop the situation.