TEEN ISSUES: Whether your child is behaving as a bully or feels like a victim—or is simply a bystander while someone else is bullied—it is important to take the situation seriously. In recent years, bullying and cyberbullying have been linked to a spike in teen suicides, which has sparked a loud and clear public outcry to put a stop to bullying behavior, and forced parents, educators, and school administrators to take a step back, and address the problem. – http://www.parentfurther.com/high-risk-behaviors/bullying?

HAZING; “is an activity that a high-status member orders other members to engage in or suggests that they engage in that in some way humbles a newcomer who lacks the power to resist, because he or she want to gain admission to a group. Hazing activities are generally considered to be:  physically abusive, hazardous, and/or sexually violating. It can be criminal, which means that a state statute has been violated. – http://www.stophazing.org/definition.html

STUDENT MOLESTATION: A number of problems surround sexual molestation by teachers. Because such acts are not expected, when they are reported, school officials often are in a state of shock and disbelief. Criminal action certainly can be taken against a school employee who is involved in the sexual harassment of a student or other employee, no matter what level of abuse occurs. On the other hand, it is more difficult to determine whether the school district should be held responsible and liable for the sexually abusive conduct of one of its employees. – http://educationexpert.com/ppsi/50abuse.cfm

BULLYING; may be physical, verbal, emotional or sexual in nature. For example:

  • Physical bullying includes punching, poking, strangling, hair pulling, beating, biting and excessive tickling.
  • Verbal bullying includes such acts as hurtful name-calling, teasing and gossip.
  • Emotional bullying includes rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, humiliating, blackmailing, rating/ranking of personal characteristics such as race, disability, ethnicity, or perceived sexual orientation, manipulating friendships, isolating, ostracizing and peer pressure.
  • Sexual bullying includes many of the actions listed above as well as exhibitionism, voyeurism, sexual propositioning, sexual harassment and abuse involving actual physical contact and sexual assault.