Bullying

What different types of ways do people bully?

Definition

Bullying is when a person does or says something that makes them feel like they have some kind of power over another person.

Different types of bullying

Three different types of bullying are physical, emotional, and racial bullying. In Tangerine, paul is physically and emotionally bullied.

Physical Bullying

Physical bullying involves harmful actions against another person’s body.

Physical bullying is any form of violence or intimidation such as biting, kicking, pushing, pinching, hitting, tripping, pulling hair, etc. In Tangerine, there is lots of violence when Arthur kills Luis and when Paul jumps on the coach's back.

Physical bullying also involves the interference with another person’s property such as damaging or stealing. Also in Tangerine, Erik and Arthur steal lots of property in their neighborhood.

Emotional Bullying

Emotional bullying involves behaviors that upset, exclude, or embarrass a person. In Tangerine, Erik and his friends embarrass him because of his eyesight. Examples of emotional bullying include: nasty notes, saying mean things using technology (e.g. cyber bullying using emails, instant messaging), chat rooms, tormenting threatening, humiliation or social embarrassment.

Racial Bullying

Racial bullying involves rejection or isolation of a person because of ethnicity. Examples include: gestures, racial slurs or taunts, name calling, making fun of customs, skin color, accent, or food choices.


Dealing with bullies

The best way to deal with a bully is to stay away from him/her. A bully is looking for a reaction, so if you are ever the target of a bully, you should ignore him/her, or give the bully a look that says, “This is really stupid.” Then walk away. In Tangerine, Paul tries to ignore Erik and Arthur when they are being mean.



If you are having a problem with a bully, you need to have a voice in how the situation is handled. You should let your friends know what’s going on and ask for their support. You should contact your counselor if a bully ever threatens, or causes a problem. In Tangerine, Paul has a voice in the situation by telling his mom about Erik being mean. Unfortunately Paul's mom doesn't always believe him.




If a bully is causing you problems, chances are he/she is also causing problems for other students. If a counselor is aware of what’s happening, you are not only taking actions to protect yourself, you are making your school better, safer place for everyone. In Tangerine, Erik and Arthur not only bully Paul but have done other things. They steal things, beat people up, and even killed someone.



Bullies want power. They also like to have an audience. Since bullies are influenced by how other people react, bystanders can help discourage a student from being bullied. Bystanders need to let bullies know that their behavior is “not cool” and that it is not acceptable. Bystanders are important in stopping students from being bullies. In Tangerine, when the police become involved, they put Erik on house arrest to show that bullying is "not cool" and put Arthur in jail.



Why people get bullied

Two of the main reasons people are bullied are because of appearence and social status. Bullies pick on the people they think don't fit in, maybe because of how they look, how they act, or their race or religion. In Tangerine, Paul doesn't "fit in" because of his IEP and poor eyesight. People make fun of him because they think he is weird, and give him mean nick-names.

Facts about bullying

  • Sometimes the victim of repeated bullying cannot control the need for revenge and the situation becomes dangerous for everyone.
  • Many bullies share some common characteristics. They like to dominate others and generally focus on themsevles. They often have poor social skills and poor social judgement. Sometimes they have no feeling of empathy or caring toward other people. Some bullies actually have personality disorders that don't allow them to understand normal social emotions.