Bullying Facts/Prevention 



What is Bullying? 


At River City Science Academy Mandarin we believe that every student has the right to a learning environment where students are physically and emotionally safe. 


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. 




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 


Bullying Links & Resources 


Stop Bullying 



Pacer’s National Bully Prevention Center 



Bullying – What Parents Should Know 




Suicide Prevention for Families: English 

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Suicide Prevention Teen Version 

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Suicide Prevention Guide 

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