Bullying can take many different ways, like:
- Verbal: making fun of someone or insulting someone (repeated teasing), frequent and mean name-calling, spreading rumors that a girl is a slut or a guy is gay -all of which is not ok!
- Physical: hitting, fighting, kicking or shoving someone, taking someone else’s stuff by threats or force.
- Social: intentionally excluding someone, mocking or teasing a person; intentionally trying to make others not be friends with someone.
- Cyberbullying: texting, tweeting or using Facebook to spread rumors or say means stuff about someone.
How do I get help?
- Asking for help can be scary, but it is a sign of courage and takes a lot of strength.
- Contact your school bullying prevention coordinator (or principal, assistant principal or counselor). Your school may have numerous ways to report bullying, including: in person, email, on-line report, phone hotline, and/or an incident report form. Identify the bully, and explain what happened and when. Try to give as many details as possible.
- Some bullying behaviors can be a criminal offense – think about calling the police to report it, or the Attorney General’s bullying hotline: 1-800-220-5414.
- Most importantly, if you feel depressed or like you might hurt yourself or someone else, call 1-800-262-9800 for Delaware's Contact Lifeline or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Don’t wait until its too late.