Bullying is NOT pre-wired, harmless, or inevitable
Bullying IS learned, harmful, and controllable
Bullying SPREADS if supported or left unchecked
Bullying INVOLVES everyone—bullies, victims, and bystanders
Bullying CAN BE effectively stopped or entirely prevented
Bullying has become a major problem in this country, especially in schools. Recent newspaper headlines and TV talk shows have cited several instances of “bullying” and the tragic results for the victims. Because “bullying” has become such a major problem in the school setting (chronic absenteeism, depression, suicide, and gun violence), strategies for prevention and intervention are needed.

“Bullying” involves: A desire to hurt + hurtful action + a power imbalance + repetition of the hurtful action + an unjust use of power + evident enjoyment by the aggressor + a sense of being oppressed by the victim. The means by which people “bully” can be physical, and or psychological. The injury can be delivered by a blow, an insult, or offensive gesture, indirectly through spreading rumors, social manipulation, or exclusion. Therefore, we must learn to recognize the signals when someone is being “bullied”, and take steps to prevent it. The more signs or characteristics a child shows, the greater the chances bullying is an issue. Signs to watch for include the following:bully_3.jpg

  • Appearing distressed, depressed or tearful
  • Being afraid or reluctant to go to school
  • Staying close to adults (school staff) rather than peers
  • Coming home with unexplained bruises or scratches
  • Having torn clothes or damaged books
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Needing extra money for no apparent reason

Successful “bullying” prevention includes education, resources to address the aggressive behavior, and the courage to intervene. Below you will find a list of resources that will educate you about the topic, and provide you with prevention strategies.



The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education has adopted a bullying prevention policy. You can access this policy by going to the CMS homepage. Click on Board of Education. Then, click on Board Policies. Click on “search” and type in the code: JICK-R.