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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 03/23/08
    Spence from AZ said:
    well i personaly dont like this law just because if some kid takes a swing at me i cant just walk away i am going to fight back and this has happened to me like 4 years in a row where some kid comes up to me and is harrasing me and then takes a swing at me then i swing back and we both get suspendended when i was just ating out of self-defene
    On 02/08/08
    nick from AL said:
    your prettty cool dont change this program
    On 02/08/08
    joanne from ID said:
    this web is pretty coool?
    On 01/16/08
    Vikki from AZ said:
    Our son is a special education student and has been harrassed on the bus. The first time it was taken care of like right now. This time he was told that if the other kid swung at him and they fought, both would be suspended. So is he suppose to stand there and let this bully beat the crap out of him? I told him, let the other take first swing. If you cannot walk away then defend yourself if he continues. We,ll handle everyting else since a staff member was already told.
    On 12/16/07
    Doug from OR said:
    Hypothetical: What if a bully retaliates for talking to an adult about the problem? The victim isn't going to run right back to the adult, because they are too scared, and since the actions taken to prevent future bullying is too lenient in its early stages, even if they did, the action taken wouldn't be enough to prevent even further retaliation... It just seems, in the realistic sense, that such leniency towards bullying, even in the laws regarding bullying, tells victims 'You aren't allowed to fight back and adults won't be of any help.'... Yes, they are kids, but it is still violence.
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