One Thing I Can’t Stand… Well, One of the Things

Ask Jana Leigh

Those that know me will tell you that I cannot stand a bully.  You have NO right to hit, kick, intimidate, rape, sexually assault, lie, spread untrue gossip, or humiliate anyone in public or online.  Parents, I strongly encourage you to find out the how your child’s school handles bullying.  Many schools have adopted a zero tolerance for bullying.  If your school has no policy regarding bullying, talk to the school board about it.

Let’s begin by defining bullying.  Generally, there are four types of bullying (www.ncab.org.au).

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…

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