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What is Bullying?

Bullying is defined as any severe, systematic, or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct that causes pain or psychological distress on one or more students.

Bullying includes unwanted written, verbal, nonverbal, or physical behavior including, but not limited to, any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture by a student or adult that causes any reasonable person to experience a detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health and that has the potential to create a negative educational environment; unreasonably interferes with the individual's school performance or participation, is carried out repeatedly and is often characterized by an imbalance of power.

Types of Bullying

physical bullying

Physical Bullying

Harming someone's body or possessions.

This may include:

  • Hitting/kicking/pinching
  • Spitting
  • Tripping/pushing
  • Taking or breaking someone's things
  • Making mean or rude hand gestures
verbal bullying

Verbal Bullying

Damaging someone's self-esteem or feelings of safety.

This may include:

  • Teasing
  • Name-calling
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Taunting
  • Threatening to cause harm
social bullying

Social Bullying 

Negatively impacting someone's reputation or relationships.

This may include:

  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Telling others not to be friends with someone
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public


Bullying that takes place using electronic technology.

Electronic technology includes:

  • Device and equipment- cell phones, computers, tablets
  • Communication tools- social media sites, text messages, chat, websites

What is Bullying and How to Report it - English

What is Bullying and How to Report it - Spanish

5 Ways to Report Bullying

  • Tell a staff member at the school (teacher, counselor, assistant principal, principal)

  • Fill out a bullying report form (ONLINE), which is accessible via all Chromebooks

  • Scan the QR code on the "Be an Upstander" bullying card

  • Call Student Services at (951) 571-7630

  • For anonymous community reporting, call WeTip at 1- (800) 782-7463