Bullying could be seen as intimidation by way of a repeated physical, verbal or behaviour that is intended to make a weaker person feel bad by a stronger person or group of people.
Bullying could include:
- Any threatening or violent behaviour
- Name calling, teasing or exclusion
- Making negative or offensive comments about the family members or friends of others
- Putting down others and their achievements
- Spreading rumours
- Making negative or offensive comments about another’s perceived sexuality, race, appearance or interests
- Nuisance calls, emails, text messages, chat lines etc (Cyberbullying)
- Glaring and menacing gestures
- Demands for money or possessions
- Damaging belongings
What to do you do if you are bullied:
- Tell the person who is bullying or harassing you to stop, if you feel confident to do so.
- Discuss the situation with someone you trust e.g. parent, friend, relative, prefect, Teacher, Form Teacher, Guidance Counsellor, Dean. Everyone has the right to feel safe.
- Continue to raise the issue until the problem is resolved. Be persistent.
If you witness bullying:
- Support the student who is being bullied, if possible.
- Do not join in.
- Talk to someone you trust.
- Remember always to report bullying.
- If you feel confident to do so, tell the persons responsible for bullying to stop.
The person causing the bullying should:
- Stop the bullying behaviour immediately.
- Try to understand how words and / or actions chosen have been harmful and learn from the experience.
- Make a commitment to address the issue. Follow strategies and advice given.
Liston College will take all allegations of bullying seriously as the bully must be stopped.