Bullying Information

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    Bullying is not tolerated at MRHS! If you or someone you know is being bullied, please report it!!

    MRHS has a plan for bullying and bullying awareness. It can be found here.

    Bullying Incident Reports, used to report bullying, can be found here.

    What is bullying??

    Bullying is when an individual or a group of people with more power, repeatedly and intentionally cause hurt or harm to another person or group of people who feel helpless to respond. Bullying can continue over time, is often hidden from adults, and will probably continue if no action is taken.

    Bullying is not:

    • single episodes of social rejection or dislike
    • single episode acts of nastiness or spite
    • random acts of aggression or intimidation
    • mutual arguments, disagreements or fights.

    These actions can cause great distress. However, they're not examples of bullying unless someone is deliberately and repeatedly doing them.

    Types of Bullying

    • There are four kinds of bullying:
      • Physical bullying
        • Physical bullying includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property.
    • Verbal bullying
      • Verbal bullying includes name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse.
    • Covert or hidden bullying
      • This sort of bullying is often harder to recognise and can be carried out behind the bullied person's back. It is designed to harm someone's social reputation and/or cause humiliation. Covert bullying includes:
        • lying and spreading rumours
        • negative facial or physical gestures, menacing or contemptuous looks
        • playing nasty jokes to embarrass and humiliate
        • mimicking unkindly
        • encouraging others to socially exclude someone
        • damaging someone's social reputation or social acceptance.
    • Cyberbullying
      • Cyberbullying can be overt or covert bullying behaviors using digital technologies, including hardware such as computers and smartphones and software such as social media, instant messaging, texts, websites and other. Cyberbullying can happen at any time. It can be in public or in private and sometimes only known to the target and the person bullying. It includes:
        • Abusive or hurtful texts emails or posts, images or videos
        • Deliberately excluding others online
        • Nasty gossip or rumors
        • Imitating others online or using their log-in

    (National Centre Against Bullying, http://www.ncab.org.au/)