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    WHAT is BULLYING?                          

    Bullying is what happens when someone hurts another person on purpose, often again and again.

    WHAT DOES BULLYING BEHAVIOR LOOK LIKE?

    Someone who is bullying may do mean things like: hit; poke; kick; spit; shove; or follow someone; start nasty rumors; exclude someone on purpose; pick on someone who is blind, in a wheelchair, or who has difficulty speaking; give mean looks to others; pick on someone who isn’t very good at reading or math or sports.  Someone who is bullying can also SAY or DO things to be mean like:

    • Call someone names/give putdowns
    • Make fun of someone or try to embarrass her/him
    • Keep teasing, even if the person asks them to stop
    • Make fun of someone’s hair, clothes, size, etc.
    • Keep touching a person even when he/she doesn’t want to be touched.


    AT MEANY MIDDLE SCHOOL it is UNACCEPTABLE to TEASE ANYONE ABOUT:

    • The country they come from
    • The color of their skin
    • The language they speak at home
    • How much money their family has
    • Whether they are boys or girls
    • Whether they have a disability
    • Whether they like boys or girls
    • What their religion is


    WHAT DOES the SCHOOL BULLYING and HARASSMENT POLICY SAY?

    • Someone from the school will help you
    • You have the right to file a formal complaint
    • Retaliation against a victim or witness is prohibited
    • Those who bully others will be disciplined


    WHAT to DO if YOU are BEING BULLIED or SEE it HAPPEN:

    • Calmly tell the person bullying to STOP
    • Write down what happened in a classroom or in the office
    • Tell someone you trust (teacher, staff member, friend, parent) the honest truth about what is happening
    • Hang out with your true friends
    • Keep a “cool” head
    • Offer to be a witness for the target
    • Stay away from people who you know bully, when possible.
    • Don’t laugh at mean jokes or follow along with someone who is hurting others.
    • Remind yourself that you are a SPECIAL, IMPORTANT PERSON.In our school, no one wants you to be bullied.
    • Help the person understand that bullying anybody is wrong and hurts everyone.


    STAND UP for WHAT YOU KNOW is RIGHT

    The rules against bullying are the same for all adults and children in the building.  They are not just school rules—they are the law.  Teasing people about the things listed above breaks those laws.