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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:

Characteristics of a bully

Characteristics of a victim

Some Bullying statistics

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.

 

Laws may have changed since the last time this article was updated.  The current and most up-to-date laws can be accessed here. 

Laws Section

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