• Bullying 


    Types of Bullying
        1. Verbal Bullying - name-calling and teasing

        2. Social Bullying - spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships
        3. Physical Bullying - hitting, punching and shoving
        4. Cyber Bullying - using the internet, mobile phones or other digital technology to harm others

    According to the US Department of Health & Human Services in partnership with the Department of Education and the Department of Justice  
    Definition of Bullying: Bullying involves an imbalance of power, an intent to cause harm and repetition.

    Actions You Can Take if You are Being Bullied

    • Tell them to stop.  
    • Walk away. Do not let them get to you. If you walk away or ignore them, they will not get that satisfaction. 
    • Protect yourself. Sometimes you cannot walk away. If you are being physically hurt, protect yourself so that you can get away. 
    • Tell an adult you trust.* Talking to someone could help you figure out the best ways to deal with the problem.  In some cases, adults need to get involved for the bullying to stop. 

     *Please contact your guidance counselor, the deans (Mr. Gottfried and Mrs. Schiereck), Mrs. Applebaum, Mr. Duggan (the assistant principals) or the principal, Dr. Gitz   
       Find a safe place. Go somewhere that you feel safe and secure like the library, a favorite teacher’s classroom, or the office.

    • Stick together. Stay with a group or individuals that you trust. 
    • Find opportunities to make new friends. Explore your interests and join school or community activities such as sports, drama, or art. Volunteer or participate in community service.

    Don't Blame Yourself...Be Proud of Who You Are...

                     EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE SAFE!         
                                             Don't be Afraid to Get Help

    What You Can Do If You See Someone Being Bullied

    • Take a stand & do not join in. Make it clear that you do not support what is going on.
    • Do not watch someone being bullied. If you feel safe, tell the person to stop.  If you do not feel safe saying something, walk away and get others to do the same. If you walk away and do not join in, you have taken their audience and power away.
    • Support the person being bullied. Tell them that you are there to help. Offer to either go with them to report the bullying or report it for them.
    • Talk to an adult you trust. Talking to someone could help you figure out the best ways to deal with the problem.  Reach out to a parent, teacher or another adult that you trust to discuss the problem, especially if you feel like the person may be at risk of serious harm to themselves or others.

    Websites to visit for more information:

    Information on the Bullying Prevention Program provided by the New York State Education Department

    Anti-Bullying Legislation provided by the New York State Education Department

    Stop Bullying and Bullying Prevention