What is Bullying?
Three specific characteristics that identify bullying are as follows:
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 imbalance of power
- The behavior must be repeated.
- The bullying is intentional and intended to harm
- The bullying is directed to someone with less power