Any aggressive behavior that is sufficiently severe, repeated or widespread that creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student or staff person.

    There are four broad forms of bullying:


    1. Physical bullying
      • Intentional aggression that involves injuring someone or damaging their property
      • Examples: hitting, kicking or punching, spitting, tripping, pushing, taking or breaking someone's belongings, or making mean or rude gestures

    2. Verbal bullying
      • Intentional aggression that involves saying or writing things that are mean or hurtful to others
      • Examples: teasing, name-calling, taunting, inappropriate sexual comments or threatening to cause harm to another person

    3. Social bullying
      • Intentional aggression that is used to damage someone's reputation or relationships
      • Examples: leaving someone out on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors about someone or embarrassing someone in public

    4. Cyberbullying
      • Intentional aggression using electronic devices, such as cell phones, computers, tablets or other communication tools, including social media sites, text messages, chat rooms and websites
      • Examples: mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles
      • Learn more about cyberbullying