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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.


    26 thru 30 of 39 comments    ...6 ]  7   8    
    On 10/19/07
    from AL said:
    "bullying is not tolerated" - anybody caught bullying will automatically have their license revoked.
    On 09/06/07
    D & A from AZ said:
    If you are getting bullied you should go to an adult, not try and solve it by your self. Go to someone you can trust. Tell them what is going on, dont be afraid, they'll listen.
    On 09/06/07
    todd from AZ said:
    I think bulling should not happen anymore. The ones getting teased are getting hurt and punished just for talking differnt,looking different, and even just because there being different.
    On 09/06/07
    Stephy from AZ said:
    If you being bullied you should go and talk to someone you trust. =]
    On 09/06/07
    alec from AZ said:
    If you are getting bullied you should go tell some one or go get help from your parents,teachers,of friends.
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