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What is Bullying?

“Bullying means repeatedly and deliberately trying to harm, humiliate or distress another person. It can be hurting someone, spreading rumours about them, playing nasty jokes, name-calling or deliberate social exclusion.” One-off occurrences of punching, fighting, theft; and/or name calling are not bullying. These one-off incidents do not represent a breakdown in relationship between two students. Bullying can take many forms:

 

Verbal

  • Name calling or persistent teasing,
  • Threatening, or
  • Ridiculing another person’s appearance, physique or actions

 

Physical

  • Pushing, poking, shoving, spitting, or
  • Deliberately damaging property

 

Indirect

  • Spreading rumours, malicious gossip
  • Deliberately hiding property or
  • Ignoring and persistent exclusion from friendship circles, social exclusion

 

Cyber

  • Deliberate inappropriate use of mobile phone, text messaging and internet communications

 

These actions demonstrate there has been a breakdown in relationship between students. At Kingaroy State School, bullying in all its forms is not accepted and all members of the Kingaroy State School community accept their responsibility to promote positive relationships and to prevent bullying.