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BULLYING - Our Nations Problem

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children. 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/or excluding someone from a group on purpose. Bullying can lead to devastating and, at times, fatal consequences. Too often we hear a connection between bullying, school violence and suicide. Some notable examples include:

  • 1999 Columbine

  • 2012 Sandy Hook

  • 2018 Parkland

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