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    What is Bullying?

    There are often misconceptions regarding the definition of bullying. Some behaviors and/or actions that do not meet the definition of bullying are often times referred to as bullying. Three specific characteristics that identify bullying are as follows:

    • The behavior must be repeated. Bullying does not just happen once
    • The bullying is intentional and intended to harm
    • The bullying is directed to someone with less power

    The Duval County Public School policy 10.2 defines bullying as systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students. It is further defined as unwanted, purposeful and repeated written, verbal, nonverbal, electronic or physical behavior, by a student or adult, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation; and is characterized by an imbalance of power.




    Innocent in motive

    Purposeful – a choice to hurt someone

    Equal power – teaser and person being teased swap roles

    Imbalance of power

    Is discontinued when person being teased objects

    Continues (repeated) and includes fear of further taunting

    Maintains basic dignity of everyone involved

    Involves humiliating, cruel, demeaning comments

    Sources: Colorado, 2004, The Ophelia Project, 2012

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  • Heather WatsonSchool Psychologist
    Duval County Public Schools

    1701 Prudential Drive
    4th Floor Room
    Jacksonville, FL 32207-8182
    Office: 904-390-2255
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