Arlington Public Schools defines bullying/harassment, including bullying/harassment based on an actual or perceived characteristic such as race, national origin, creed, color, religion, ancestry, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or disability, as the repeated infliction or attempted infliction of injury, discomfort, or humiliation on a student by one or more students. It is a pattern of aggressive, intentional or hostile behavior that occurs repeatedly and over time.
Bullying/harassment typically involves an imbalance of power or strength. Bullying/harassment behaviors may include physical, verbal, or nonverbal behaviors. These behaviors include, but are not limited to: intimidation, assault, extortion, oral or written threats, teasing, name-calling, threatening looks, gestures or actions, rumor spreading, false accusations, hazing, social isolation, and abusive e-mails, phone calls, or other forms of cyber bullying. The term “cyberbullying” is used when text, photos, videos or other media are uploaded to computers and/or the Internet to defame, insult, harass or haze others.