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How do you define BULLYING?

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Roland Ouellette - Safety Awareness ManagementWe had a very informative meeting yesterday and are pleased to hear that more and more resources are being dedicated to the issue of BULLYING. From the legislators to the teachers/students, bullying has moved from a “rite of passage” to ASSAULT. Fortunately, we live in a society that doesn’t permit assault and it is against the law to commit assault on another human being. All that said, it is important that we all are defining bullying properly. Here is a definition of bullying that is becoming commonplace:

Bullying means the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic communication (cyberbullying) or a physical act or gesture directed at another student attending school in the same school district that:

1. Causes physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such student’s property;
2. Places such student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself or of damage to his or her property;
3. Creates a hostile environment at school for such student;
4. Infringes on the rights of such student at school;
5. Susbstantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

Bullying is based on any actual or perceived differentiating characteristics, such as:

1. Religion
2. Race and color
3. Ancestry or national orgin
4. Gender, sexual orientation, gender indentity and expression
5. Socioeconomic or academic status
6. Physical appearance
7. Physical development or sensory disability.

Bullying is significant chronic disease in our society. It can lead to a significant loss of self esteem or possibly one’s life. We believe the SAM can make a difference around this very disturbing trend. SAM is specifically designed to address bullying: recognizing, descalation and physical restraint, if needed. Please take a look at the SAM website and give us a call if you believe it can help you with bullying in your school community.

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