Bullying

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.

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