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Bullying One boy's experience

Bullying and teasing are never acceptable. Many schools are adopting zero-tolerance policies for bullying. Still, it persists. To remember the importance of talking with kids about bullying, read the facts:

• One in seven male and female children is either a bully or a victim of bullying.1

• Approximately 15 percent of students are either bullied regularly or are initiators of bullying behavior. 2

• Students who engage in bullying behaviors seem to have a need to feel powerful and in control. 2

• Children who experience persistent bullying may become depressed or fearful. They may even lose interest in school.3

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1 National Association of School Psychologists
2 Olweus, D. 1993. Bullying in School: What We Know and What We Can Do. Cambridge.
3 Batsche, G.M., and H.M. Knoff. 1994. Bullies and Their Victims. School Psychology Review 23 (2): 165-74. EJ 490 574.

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