Definition of Bullying:
"Bullying is unwanted, aggressive, repetitive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance" (source:www.stopbullying.gov)
Bullying may be further defined as the activity of repeated, aggressive behavior
intended to hurt another individual, physically, mentally or emotionally. Bullying is characterized by an individual behaving in a certain way to gain power over another person.
It can be classified into four types:
1. Physical (hitting, punching, or kicking)
2. Verbal (name-calling or taunting)
3. Relational (destroying peer acceptance and friendships)
4. Cyber-bullying (using electronic means to harm others)
Physical, verbal, and relational bullying are most prevalent in primary school and could also begin much earlier. Cyber-bullying is more common in secondary school than in primary school.
Sierra Sands U.S.D. is committed to mitigating bullying on our campuses. We have a number of anti-bullying initiatives in place as well as an anonymous Bully Hotline to report instances of bullying. More information about these programs will be posted soon.