What Is It and What Can We Do?

What is Bullying?

Bullying involves repeated acts of physical, emotional, or social behavior that are intentional, controlling, and hurtful. It is a learned behavior and evident as early as the age of 2. Bullying can happen through email, social media, text messages, digital video, and online chat rooms.

Direct Bullying vs. Indirect Bullying.

Direct bullying includes hitting, kicking, and making insults or threats. This is usually seen and felt readily. Indirect bullying, such as excluding someone from a group of friends or spreading rumors, is more difficult to identify and remedy. Boys are more likely to partake in direct bullying while girls are most likely to be engaged in indirect.

Definitions of Bullying

Bullying vs Conflict - East Ambassadors

What Can we Do?

Prevention Programs

  • Increase awareness of everyone at school (students, staff, and parents) toward bullying problems.
  • Assess the scope of the problem.
  • Identify both the children who are bullying and the children who are being bullied
  • Intervene in a timely manner with clear and consistent consequences for the child who is bullying and with support and protection for the child who is being bullied.
  • Reward pro-social behavior of all students
  • Refer students to the School Counselor before the situation becomes physical

School Counseling Department

Mrs. Tenholder

6th Grade


ext. 6215

Mrs. McCain

7th Grade


ext. 6219

Mrs. Batson-Curd

8th Grade


Mrs. Sinkler

8th Grade/Career Counselor



SAMHSA (2014). Take Action Against Bullying. www.samhsa.gov