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BULLYING. Presented by: Gulf Shores Peer Helpers. YOU STUPID IDIOT. SHUT-UP DIRTY GIRL. YOU BIG FAT MONKEY. I'M GONNA BEAT YOU UP. WHAT IS BULLYING?. CHARACTERISTICS. Aggressive behavior Repeated over a period of time Imbalance of power. WHAT ARE SOME WAYS TO BULLY?. PHYSICALLY.

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BULLYING

Presented by:

Gulf Shores Peer Helpers


YOU STUPID IDIOT

SHUT-UP DIRTY GIRL

YOU BIG FAT MONKEY

I'M GONNA BEAT YOU UP


WHAT IS BULLYING?


CHARACTERISTICS

  • Aggressive behavior

  • Repeated over a period of time

  • Imbalance of power


WHAT ARE SOME WAYS TO BULLY?


PHYSICALLY

  • Hitting

  • Kicking

  • Pushing & Shoving

  • Choking

  • Biting

  • Pinching


VERBALLY

  • Taunting

  • Threatening

  • Name calling

  • Teasing

  • Rumors


OTHER METHODS

  • Exclusion

  • Obscene gestures

  • Racial slurs

  • Mocking the victims cultural traditions


Teacher SurveyDo students bully each other at this school?

91%

9%


Teacher SurveyWhere have you seen bullying take place? (percentage of population)


Student Survey(Percentage answering ‘yes’ to the following questions)


Student SurveyWhere have you seen bullying take place? (percentage of population)


Some Comments from students about where bullying occurs:

  • Everywhere!!!

  • All over the school

  • Behind the bushes

  • Where no adults are around

  • In the bathrooms/ locker-rooms

  • In the cafeteria

  • On the bus


MYTHS ABOUT BULLYING


Bullies really have low self-esteem.

Bullies just need attention. Ignore them.

Most bullying is done outside of school

Teachers know if bullying is a problem or not.

“Sticks and stones will break your bones, but names can never hurt you”


DAMAGES FROM BULLYING INCLUDE:

  • Physical injuries

  • Emotional/Mental damage (lowered self-esteem)

  • Death/Suicide

  • Lawsuits


You mean people get sued for bullying?

YES!!!


COURT CASES


Haugstad vs. Standwood-Camano School District (1999)

  • Taya Haugstad constantly harassed by a male student

  • Haugstad has cerebral palsy

  • Called retarded, stupid, and had her wheelchair rammed into a wall

  • District ordered to pay $310,000


Anchorage School District vs. Tom (2000)

  • Tom was described as being awkward which invited the bullying

  • Following an incident Tom received ISSP and the next day attempted suicide

  • Parents sued for $33 million for lifetime care (vegetative state)

  • District paid $1 million

  • District insurance company paid $3.5 million


Jacksonville Bus Beating (2004)

  • 7 students charged with misdemeanor battery

  • Duval County and the first student currently being sued by the victim’s mother


WHAT CAN WEDO ABOUT BULLYING?


Make parents aware (newsletters, conferences, PTA, etc.)

Role-playing exercises

Express disapproval of bullying immediately whenever and wherever it occurs.

Listen to student concerns


Make students aware of consequences for bullying behavior

Reward students for inclusive and non-aggressive behavior


Thank You for your time


References

Dowshen, S. & Pendley, J. S. (2001). Bullying and your child. Kids Health for Parents. Retrieved on November 10, 2004, from, http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/bullies.html

Newquist.C. (2004). Bully-proof your school. Education World. Retrieved on November 10, 2004, from, http://www.education-world.com/a_admin/admin018.shtml

Pinkham, P. & Garza, C. L. (2004). Student’s mom to sue in bus attack, The Florida Times-Union

Skolnik, S. (2000). Disabled girl abused by bully wins $31,000 court judgement, Seattle PI News Source

Starr, L. (2000). Bullying interventionstrategies that work. Education World. Retrieved on November 10, 2004, from, http://www.educationworld.com/a_issues/issues103.shtml

Starr, L. (2000). Sticks and stones and names can hurt you: de-myth-tifying the classroom bully!. Education World. Retrieved on November 10, 2004, from, http://www.educationworld.com/a_issues/issues102.shtml


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