Friday Aug 16, 2013
Cyber bullying, School bullying, Workplace bullying; and the list continues. The word bullying has become a watchword nationally for hurtful behavior that has led to horrific consequences including suicide. It can be motivated by actual or perceived characteristics such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or identity, or any kind of disability according to the APS bullying directive. As the media continues to lead with stories related to the issue and school districts across the state and around the country hear outcries from parents, the definition and ways to deal with the issue are becoming more and more important. Is this something new? Who is responsible for helping, in what ways, and how?