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Tool: Identifying bullying

Purpose of this tool: In order to intervene and prevent bullying and harassment, teachers must see and acknowledge its signs. This can often be difficult. Bullying and harassment often take place in areas of the school that tend not to be closely supervised by adults, i.e., playgrounds, hallways, stairwells, etc. (Though it is important to repeat that bullying also takes place in classrooms and in the presence of teachers). This tool helps teachers and principal begin to identify the signs of bullying in their schools and classrooms.

How to use this tool: Review the following chart with the beginning teacher(s), and perhaps with their colleagues as well. Ask them to keep a record of any of the behaviors listed in the teachers' classroom and in the hallways, playgrounds, stairwells, etc., over the course of a couple weeks. Then meet to review the findings and to identify any situations and children that need to be dealt with both immediately and over the long-term. We assume that you will have informed these teachers of the school's bullying and sexual harassment policies and that the teachers will intervene when they witness acts of bullying. See Responding to bullying to help beginning teachers do so. Use this chart with the beginning teachers during the first month or two of school.

Identifying bullying chart*

Type of bullying

Did you witness or hear someone refer to such an activity at this school?

Number of occurences

Comments and details....

Physical intimidation and aggression

 

Verbal threats of bodily harm

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Pushing, hitting, kicking, slapping

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Vandalizing property, stealing or extorting

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Other:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Emotional intimidation

Name calling, teasing or taunting

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Exclusion from activities

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Spreading of rumors

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Ethnic slurs, racism or homophobia

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Intimidating phone calls, e-mails or text messages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  

Other:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Sexual harassment

 

Unwanted touching or cornering

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Offensive comments of a sexual nature

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Displaying pornography

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Touching or exposing oneself

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

Other:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  


*Adapted from the Maryknoll Schools Freshman Seminar. Bullying. At http://www.maryknollschool.org/hs/FreshmanSem/bul.htm