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Bullies can hurt other students emotionally—by not talking to them, leaving them out of school groups, making fun of them, or spreading rumors about them that are not true.

Bullying is Complicated

Mi Hye from Korea

Ju Hee from Korea

Bullying is doing things to hurt other people and have power over them. It is a serious problem.

It's hard to stop bullying because it is complicated—it happens in different ways and in different places.

Bullies hurt other students in many ways. One way is hurting them physically—hitting, shoving. kicking, pushing, slapping, or punching them. Another way is hurting them with words (verbal bullying)—threatening them, calling them names, or saying ugly things about them. A third way is hurting them emotionally—not talking to them, leaving them out of school groups, or spreading rumors about them that are not true.

Bullying also happens in many different places. In the classroom, a bully might tear up another student's paper. In the school cafeteria, a bully might push another student's food tray on the floor. On the playground, bullies hit or punch a victim. On a school bus, a bully might grab a student's glasses and throw them to another bully when he tries to get them back.

In conclusion, bullying is a very complicated problem because it doesn't always happen in the same way and it can happen almost anywhere.


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