Bullying And Hazing

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ESSSENTIAL QUESTIONS
1. WHAT IS BULLYING?
2. WHAT ARE SOME WAYS TO PREVENT
BULLYING?
3. WHAT IS HAZING AND WHAT ARE SOME
WAYS TO PREVENT HAZING?
4. HOW ARE BULLYING AND HAZING
ALIKE? HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT?

WHAT IS BULLYING?
According to the stopbullying.gov website,
bullying is the unwanted, aggressive
behavior among school aged children that
involves a real or perceived power
imbalance. Bullying includes actions such as
making threats, spreading rumors, attacking
someone physically or verbally, and
excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Do you know anyone who has been a victim of
bullying?

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must
be aggressive and include:
• An imbalance of power: kids who bully use their
power such as physical strength, access to
embarrassing information, or popularity, to control
or harm others. Power imbalances can change over
time, and in different situations, even if they
involve the same people.
• Repetition: bullying behaviors happen more than
once, or have the potential to happen more than
once

According to www.dosomething.org. here are some
facts about bullying:
1. Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying
each year.
2. 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying
and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.
3. Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every
day because of bullying.
4. 1 in 7 students in grades K-12 is either a bully
or a victim of bullying.

5. 56 percent of students have personally witnessed
some type of bullying at school.
6. Over two-thirds of students believe that schools
respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage
of students believing that adult help is infrequent
and ineffective.
7. 71 percent of students report incidents of bullying
as a problem at their school.
8. 90 percent of 4th through 8th graders report being
victims of bullying.

9. 1 out 10 students drop out of school because of
repeated bullying.
10. Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75
percent of school-shooting incidents.
11. Physical bullying increases in elementary school,
peaks in middle school and declines in high school. 
Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.
12. A 2009 survey found that 9 out of 10 LGBT youth
reported being verbally harassed at school in the past
year because of their sexual orientation.

There are three main types of bullying:
Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things.
Verbal bullying includes:






Teasing
Name-calling
Inappropriate sexual comments
Taunting
Threatening to cause harm

Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational
bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or
relationships. Social bullying includes:
• Leaving someone out on purpose
• Telling other children not to be friends with someone
• Spreading rumors about someone
• Embarrassing someone in public

Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or
possessions. Physical bullying includes:


Hitting/kicking/pinching



Spitting



Tripping/pushing



Taking or breaking someone’s things



Making mean or rude hand gestures

Students Who are Bullied often show warning
signs, these students may:
Have torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing,
books, or other belongings
Have unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches from
fighting
Have few, if any, friends with whom he or she spends
time
Seem afraid of going to school, walking to and from
school, riding the school bus, or taking part in
organized activities (such as clubs or sports) with
peers

Take a long "illogical" route when walking to or from
school
Lose interest in doing school work, or suddenly begin
to do poorly in school
Appear sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or
she comes...
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