What Is Bullying in School?

Bullying in school occurs when one student or a group of students intentionally hurt another student. This abuse may be physical, psychological, or emotional. The last type is one of the most common forms of bullying in schools, and one of the least recognized by parents. Reasons for bullying vary almost as much as its types.

The bully (or bullies) may have self-esteem issues and would only feel better about themselves by picking on someone who is weaker and less powerful.
Students may develop a herd mentality and pick on a child who does not conform to what they view as normal.
Students bully other students so as to be seen as “cool” and avoid being bullied themselves.


In some cases, bullies are being abused at home and they take out their anger on one or more students they deem most likely to “take it” and not stand up for themselves. They might also bully students with healthy homes out of their envy for their normal and happy lives.

School Bullying is classified as follows:


Verbal: excessive and malicious teasing, insulting remarks, name calling, embarrassing jokes and revealing intimate information, cursing, crude and inappropriate sexual comments, threats and taunting.


Physical: hitting, tripping, kicking, pushing and shoving.

Social: ignoring a certain person, casting them out of a group, making them feel left out, spreading rumors about them and telling other kids not to be friends with them.


Cyber bullying: threats and inappropriate sexual comments via social media, texting, emailing and chat rooms.  Bullying can occur between peers at school, in the community, or in social groups. 

Researchers note that there are differences in school bullying patterns between boys and girls. Boys tend to be more physical while girls are verbal and use social bullying methods to hurt others. This passive-aggressive type of bullying may be harder for adults to detect.

Pack bullying is when a group of -usually- older children target one or more victims. It is similar to a pack of wolves hunting a prey together. Pack bullying can be physical or emotional. It is often done through cyber bullying. It lasts longer than real life bullying and can be more damaging because it can lead to long-term depression (dysthymia) or suicide.

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Signs that a Child May Be a Victim

of School Bullying:

  • Personal items often missing.
  • Asking for extra money.
  • Frequently “losing” lunch pocket money.
  • Frequent headaches or stomachaches.
  • Avoiding after-school activities.
  • Consistently going to school early or late.
  • Pretending to be sick or constantly missing school.