Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time.
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 excluding someone from a group on purpose..--2014 U.S. Dept. of Education office of Safe Schools.
1) Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or property2) Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health.3) Has a the effect of substantially interfering with a student's academic performance.4) Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.