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What Is Considered Bullying?

“Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentionally written message (or image including those that are transmitted), verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability or other distinguishing characteristics when the act physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of school.

Bullying is about power. A single instance of name-calling or roughhousing is not acceptable, but it may not necessarily be bullying. Bullying happens when one person uses strength, popularity or another form of power to control or hurt others. It often happens repeatedly.Bullying can come in many forms. It can range from hitting to spreading harmful rumors in person or online.  It can involve teasing, threatening or intentionally excluding a child. Both girls and boys bully.

Bullying includes actions that:

  • Physically harm a student or damage the student’s property

  • Substantially interfere with a student’s education

  • Are so severe, persistent or pervasive that they create an intimidating or threatening educational environment

  • Substantially disrupt the orderly operation of the school

There may be many reasons for bullying. Among other things, it may be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability, physical appearance, clothing, socioeconomic status or weight.

What to Do About Bullying

Schools typically teach students to recognize, report and refuse bullying. At home, you can help by listening to your child and being supportive. Praise them for talking about bullying and reporting it.

Report it.

When you recognize bullying, talk to a teacher or school counselor as soon as possible. Try to give as many details as you can. Give the names of other students involved, dates and the locations where any bullying actions took place. If the bullying continues, talk with your school’s principal. 

Refuse it.

Encourage your child to refuse to be bullied. Suggest that your child:

  • Be confident and stand tall and straight.

  • Face the person you’re refusing.

  • Use a strong voice. Be respectful. Tell the bully that the behavior bothers you and to stop it.

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to talk with a school counselor, principal or any leader in the school district.

Helpful Articles/Blogs

What is Cyber Bullying? 

What parents should know about bullying

Bullying and Harassment Tool Kit


Don't be "That Kid" at school by my FRIEND, Lois McGuire 

Bully:  Being Unfriendly Lessens Liking You (Workbook) by my FRIEND Bruce Brummond 


School Liaison Officer

The School Liaison oversees child and youth programs and interfaces with local schools. 

  • Phone: 360-396-5139

Domestic Violence Counseling

This office provides counseling, advice, and assistance for victims of domestic abuse.

  • Phone: 360-315-3045

Family Victims Advocate

Family Victims Advocates assist victims in obtaining legal counsel, treatment, and mental health services.

  • Phone: 360-315-3074 or 360-396-5451

Chaplain’s Office

Navy Chaplains provide spiritual, crisis, and substance abuse counseling.

  • Bangor: 360-396-6005

  • Bremerton: 360-476-2183

  • Jackson Park: 360-476 7445 ex26

Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program

This program provides counseling and rehabilitation services for drug or alcohol abusers.

  • Phone: 360 315-3901

Outpatient Crisis Intervention Program

the Outpatient Crisis Intervention Program, Naval Hospital Mental Heath Dept. provides classes and counseling for persons experiencing crisis which are affecting their personal or professional lives.

  • Phone: 360-475-4281

Child counseling services

Navy Region Northwest Child Counseling Services, Fleet and Family Support Center at Keyport or Bangor provides counseling by state licensed clinicians for military children in an individual, family,or group settings. Counselors specifically address:

  • Discipline issues

  • School behavior problems

  • Anger management

  • Social withdrawal

  • Witness to domestic violence

  • Child abuse or neglect

  • Grief and loss

Counselors and therapists are also available to consult with parents and school staff.

Navy Sexual Assault Victim Intervention Program

Volunteer victim advocates are on call 24/7 and have been trained to assist victims of sexual trauma.

  • Phone: 360-315-3075

Military Families Resources 

LGTBQ+ Resources

If you are in crisis and need someone to talk to, please call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 immediately.

You may also find a complete list of our services, including TrevorChat and TrevorSpace at www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/get-help-now.

Vist our online Support Center to explore a full range of topics for LGBTQ Youth and their allies at www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/support-center.

For local resources or referrals, please visit The GLBT National Resource Database at www.glbtnearme.org.