What is Bullying?

    Bullying is:

    • Intentional (done on purpose with the intent to cause hurt or harm)
    • Imbalance of power (you feel like you cannot make it stop)
    • Repeated

    Our school district 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. Everyone deserves a safe and secure learning environment.

    Are You or a Friend Being Bullied?

    Ask yourself these questions:

    • Did someone know that what they said or did to you would make you feel bad or afraid?
    • Have they said or did these mean things more than once?
    •  Are they in some way more powerful than you are so you feel like you can’t make the bullying stop?

    If the answer is YES to these questions, you need to report what is going on to either your parent or an adult at school.

    I’m Being Bullied! What Do I Do Now?

    • Tell your parents or other trusted adults. They can help stop the bullying.
    •  If you are bullied at school, tell an adult
    • Try not to show anger or fear. Students who bully like to see that they can upset you.

    What NOT to do if you are bullied. DON’T:

    • Fight. You will just get in trouble and you could get hurt.
    • Do nothing. You need a plan, and you need some help, so TELL someone.
    •  Skip school. This problem is not going to go away.
    • Hurt yourself. This is not your fault.

    Report Bullying Right Away!

    Telling an adult that you or a friend is being bullied, isn’t tattling. Tattling is when you tell on another kid to get him/her into trouble. Telling is when you tell something that helps someone get out of trouble or keeps someone from getting hurt! So, if you or a friend is being bullied:

    ·         Tell someone. Tell your teacher. Tell your parents. Tell a friend. Tell the principal or your school counselor. These people will listen and help you decide what to do. If this is happening, tell an adult!

    • If the person you told cannot help you or does not do anything, find someone else! Never keep being bullied a secret!
    • Your school has ways for you to report bullying. You can always tell an adult at school or fill in a reporting form (ask at the front office or guidance office for one)
    • You may also report bullying using this website; get an adult to help if needed.

    ·         Your parents can make a report. Ask them to talk to your school administrator or call the bully hotline at 904-390-2255 or text 390Call@duvalschools.org.

    ·         When you report bullying make sure you tell who the person is who is doing the bullying, how you are being bullied, when it happens, and where it happens.


    My Friend is Being Bullied! What Can I Do?
    • It is good to try to help. Don’t make the kid who is being bullied feel worse by laughing or doing nothing.
    • Tell an adult right away.
    • If you can, tell the person who is bullying to stop. Explain that it is wrong to bully people. State what you don’t like and how you want it fixed.
    • Walk away with the person who is being bullied.
    • Talk to the person who is bullied; tell them that you will be their friend. You can never have too many friends!

    Report Bullying or Harassment

    How do I file a report of bullying?

    There are several methods for reporting suspected bullying incidents:

    • You can contact a school by phone and report it to school personnel
    • You can make a report in person
    • You can call the bully hotline at 390-2255 or text 390Call@duvalschools.org
    • You can complete the Bullying and/or Harassment Form (the schools also have copies of this form available for you to complete)