Bullying

Bullying is behavior by one person that hurts or harms another person. Bullying can be physical or emotional, and the victim of bullying is not able to stop the behavior and/or defend themselves. With bullying, there is a power difference between the bully and the victim, and this power difference can be related to physical size or strength, emotional differences, social status etc. Bullying is a repetitive behavior, but it can happen in a single event as well if that event is severe or comes as a result of a pattern of behavior. Reviewing a quiz may help you know if you are being bullied.

Bullying can happen at school, in your neighborhood or online.

Each state has different laws related to bullying, and the schools may have bullying policies in place as well. The bullying policies for the schools in Grand Forks County are listed HERE:

What you may experience

If you have been bullied, you may be feeling insecure, frightened, angry, or sad. You may not feel like going to school anymore, or like you want to avoid certain places or times when you may bump into the person bullying you. You may feel like you are alone, and that there is nothing you can do to stop the bullying. You may also feel like the bullying is your fault and that if you can just figure out what to change it will stop.

There are a few things that are important to remember about bullying;

  • No one deserves to be bullied!
  • It is NOT your fault and you are not to blame for the bullying.
  • Bullying is never okay and you have the right to feel safe at school, in your neighborhood and online.
  • You are not alone!

Unfortunately, a lot of kids get bullied, and it doesn't matter what they look like, act like, talk like or anything else about them. They don’t deserve it. There are people who can help you – your parents, your school counselor, and your teacher.  We can also help you at CVIC by providing a listening ear and connecting you to services.

A grownup can help make the bullying STOP!

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