Most of the students attending Elkhart Community Schools are not bullied nor do they bully!
What is bullying? The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program definition of bullying is: “Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.”
To simplify, you can think of it in this way:
R=Repeated: The bullying happens over and over again
I=Intended: The bullying happens on purpose. It is an intentional aggressive action.
P=Power imbalance: The bullying creates a power imbalance causing one student to feel very small
||Bullying is different than conflict. A conflict is a disagreement or antagonism between two or more people. All involved have some responsibility in the encounter. Conflict resolution strategies can be employed to find common ground because both parties have a vested interest in resolving the conflict. Bullying is abuse and needs to be reported as such. Conflict resolution responses should not be used in a bullying situation. |
If you or someone you know IS being bullied, inform an adult—teacher, counselor, administrator. You may also report bullying at http://report.sprigeo.com/district/elkhart-community-schools