Who is involved in bullying?

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Everyone! Bullying is a community event. It negatively impacts school climate.The key people are the:

  • Targeted Student – The person on the receiving end who often needs help and support.

Targeted students are sometimes referred to as victims; they can be anyone.
Some students tend to be more likely targets than other.

  • Aggressor – The one who bullies – bullying is a learned behavior.

Aggressors are the ones who bully. They are the perpetrators of the negative behavior.
Some young people are both bully and target depending on their circumstances; they are of particular concern.

  • Bystanders – All the rest of us.

Bystanders can be active or passive, can be helpful or hurtful.
They are negatively affected by bullying and can be a powerful force in stopping bullying.