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    Laws - View Law: BULLYING

    What is Bullying?

    Bullying consists of negative acts carried out repeatedly over time. There is an actual or perceived imbalance of power in a bullying situation that allows the bully to attack the less powerful. There are three basic types of bullying:

    • Physical: hitting, kicking, pushing, choking, and punching
    • Verbal: threatening, taunting, teasing, starting rumors, hate speech
    • Psychological: social exclusion, intimidation, spreading rumors,

    Characteristics of a bully

    • Aggressive and impulsive
    • Over confident and tough
    • Low tolerance for frustration
    • Inclined to use violence more than other children

    Characteristics of a victim

    • An actual or perceived imbalance of power
    • Victims tend to be quiet, passive with few friends
    • Victims do not respond effectively to aggressive actions
    • Victims are ashamed, often do not tell an adult

    Some Bullying statistics

    • Studies in have show that at least 15% of students in schools are involved
    • About 9% are victims
    • About 7% bully others repeatedly
    • More students in younger grades are victimized
    • Boys are more likely to be bullied than girls

    Bullying Laws

    Arizona has a new law that requires schools to have policies on bullying, harassment and intimidation. The message is clear: create an environment where bullying is not tolerated. Each school is required to have a procedure for students, parents and teachers to confidentially report bullying behavior to a school official to trigger investigation, punishment and prevention of further bullying behavior. (A.R.S. §15-341). If the bullying acts threaten or actually cause injury to a person or property, then more severe penalties are called for and carried out under Arizona’s criminal laws. (A.R.S. §13-2911).


    The Arizona Department of Education has information and resources for bullying prevention for students, parents and teachers.

    The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center is a “one-stop shop” website for information on youth violence prevention, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies.

    The National Mental Health Information Center’s website provides information about mental health including bullying and aggressive behavior.


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    On 02/04/09
    lisa from AZ said:
    Wow! Can't anyone handle their own problems anymore or does it take a law to stand up for yourself. If you are being bullied get a backbone and either stand up for yourself or ignore them. If you act like a victim you will be a victim.
    On 12/19/08
    anna from AZ said:
    This law does not go near far enough. Teachers and administrators are well aware of who the bullies are and who the victims are, if they do not do due diligence to protect a child from this type of viloence a parent should have the right to press charges against them for child neglect. I have a special needs child and the ridiculing, bulling and viloence has gone to far. It has been being reported to the school for 4 years now and nothing has been done to stop it In fact my son was sent home from school today for finally hitting back I only hope we never have to see another columbine
    On 11/19/08
    sergio from AZ said:

    i think that being a bully is the worts thing you can do... :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)......??

    On 11/09/08
    ML from AZ said:
    If your school is not taking action on a bullying problem. File a harrassment complaint with your local Police Dept. This action usually motivates school officials to take appropriate action and avoid possible criminal litigation for violating state laws.
    On 10/27/08
    from MI said:
    What A crock, being bullied may suck but making a LAW over it is extreme. It may not seem fair but it creates character. I'm not saying its needed but everyone, and I mean everyone, gets bullied whether you're young or not some idiot is ALWAYS going to be on your case so learn to deal with it early and remember ONE RULE. If it is continuous, weigh the consequences
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