All children are the victims of occasional teasing behavior or aggression, but some children are repeatedly targeted(Inappropriate Student Conduct).
True bullying is: repeated exposure over time to negative actions. Bullying means that there is an imbalance of power so that the child being victimized has trouble defending himself or herself. Bullying is aggression. It can take many forms, including physical, verbal, or psychological. Bullying is when one person uses power in a willful manner with the aim of hurting another individual repeatedly.
Bullying is NOT: Peer conflict that is typically characterized by the developmental level of the children involved. Aggression and hurtful remarks are part of conflict at all ages; they do not necessarily mean that a bully-victim problem exists.
Recognizing the difference between normal peer conflict and bullying
- Normal Peer Conflict:
- Equal power of friends
- Happens occasionally
- Not serious
- Equal emotional reaction
- Not seeking power or attention
- Not trying to get something
- Remorse-will take responsibility
- Effort to solve the problem
- Imbalance of power
- Repeated negative actions
- Serious with threat of physical or emotional harm
- Strong emotional reaction from victim and little to no emotional reaction from bully
- Seeking power, control, or material things
- Attempt to gain material things or power
- No remorse
- No effort to solve the problem
Please note that any type of Inappropriate Student Conduct is not tolerated at Milton Elementary School. If you have knowledge of a potential bullying situation, please bring any information directly to your child’s school counselor or teacher. All school counselors are trained to investigate the situation and will work to get it resolved.