While there are several types of bullying, it's challenging to identify bullying behavior.
Perhaps someone is harmlessly poking fun. Or maybe it is indeed bullying. Hostile behavior and aggression directed at someone that is emotionally or physically weaker than the bully is easier to identify. The victim experiences pain and distress from mistreatment from the bully.
Bullying comes In various forms:
Physical Bullying is one of the easiest forms of bullying to identify. Anything that comprises inflicting pain on the victim: hair pulling, kicking, pinching, scratching, biting, and so much more. There could be threats of physical retaliation if you don't do what the bully tells you to do. For example, a bully may threaten to punch you if you aren't willing to let them skip in line.
Verbal Bullying can be a stand-alone form of bullying or it could accompany physical bullying. Many kids have experience of daily teasing from bullies. They may also be the subject of mean rumors.
Emotional Intimidation is similar to physical and verbal bullying. Being excluded from events like a party can be bullying.
Racist Bullying can be seen in a variety of behaviors. Targeting the victim's culture, racial slurs, and graffiti is all racist bullying. Anything done to make a person feel less-than because of their race is racist bullying
Sexual Bullying is also known as sexual assault. When unwanted physical contact is directed at someone this is sexual bullying.
Cyberbullying is becoming more prevalent in recent years. One person or a group of people can commit cyberbullying. It is often kids or teens that cyberbully, but not only those age groups. Cyberbullying is via electronic resources like email, websites, text, chat rooms, social media outlets. Cyberbullying can be threats against a person, harassing behavior, embarrassing someone, and other mistreatment.
If you need help:
Who to contact if a bullying is targeting you or your child in school
- Any Teacher
- The school counselor
- The Principal
- The Superintendent
- Your State Department of Education
If a teacher and principal are not making changes happen, and you are still being targeted for your race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or religion here are the resources to approach:
- School superintendent
- State Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Justice
If you are not being adequately represented and defended by these groups, it is time to seek the help of an attorney. They can explain your rights and advise you on the next steps. You may also speak with an attorney if you feel you should receive compensation for suffering you have gone through at the hands of a bully. Your ability to fight back is not limited to physical harm. Even verbal and emotional intimidation may entitle you to compensation. If you or someone you know is the victim of bullying, you may need to seek psychological therapy or other medical therapy. The bully or the bully's parents could be liable for those medical expenses. Contact an attorney if you are questioning your rights as a victim of bullying.