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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).

    Resources

    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.

     


    Comments
    11 thru 15 of 39 comments     1   2  [ 3 ]  4   5  ...   
    On 10/22/08
    Nagano from AL said:
    This is really stupid because people get bulied all the time and nothing happens to the person who did it.
    On 10/22/08
    memAN from AL said:
    IVE BEEN INVOLVED IN BULLING AND PUNCHED BACK AND HE STOP BULLYING ME BUT I DONT THINK VIOLENCE IS NOT RIGHT BUT IF THE PERSON WHO IS BULLING IS JUST PING YOU OFF MY ADVICE IS GIVE THEM A HIT AND DONT BE SCARED
    On 09/16/08
    CW from AZ said:
    I don't like bullies, they are cowards. I came here from Chicago 6 months ago. I got jumped by 3 bigger boys in the bathroom. They found out quickly that my dad had me in amature boxing since i was 10. I got suspended for 2 weeks because they told the principal I jumped them.
    On 08/26/08
    Monica from AZ said:
    This is very serious my child is in the second grade with a small stature and has been being bullied since last year. This past Friday the other boy shoved scissors across the table and hit my child in the head with them, my son was very lucky it wasn't the sharp point and about 1 1/2 inches higher (because he was kneeling down)or it would have struck him in the eye. Teacher wouldn't let him go to nurse plus the other student wasn't repremanded.
    On 07/31/08
    Matt from AZ said:
    I am a high school teacher and martial arts instructor. Often times, the confidence alone from knowing how to defend oneself is enough to deter bullying behavior.
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