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Teens

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 the number on the right side of this page now.  Don’t wait until its too late.