Bullying at School
This page has information about bullying at school and advice about what you can do if you are or have experienced this kind of violence. Bullying has direct links to domestic and family violence. Not only does it occur within the school community, it can also occur in the home environment between siblings and by young persons bullying a parent, especially their mother. If their mother is being subjected to abuse and violence by the other parent or partner, the likelihood of bullying by the young person may increase.
What is Bullying at School?
Bullying at school is when another student, or group of students, uses behaviour that is cruel or hurtful to you. This includes someone being physically violent, making threats or harassing you. Harassment means ongoing verbal or physical attacks against you.
Bullying can happen in the playground, in the toilets, going to and from school or in the classroom.
What can I do if I am Experiencing Bullying at School?
Tell someone what is happening to you.
If you have a friend that is being bullied, try to support them. Talk to them about what is happening and ask them if you can help them to do something about it. You could offer to go with them to talk to the school counsellor or the teacher or the principal.
Make a Formal Complaint to the School
Bullying is not OK and you don’t have to put up with it. You have the right to feel safe. Your school has to make sure that students are not bullied or harassed and that it is a safe place for you to be.
Get Legal Advice
If you are not getting a satisfactory response from your school, you can contact a community legal centre and get legal advice. This is a free and confidential service. For contact details of the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre and other Community Legal Centres, go to the Services That Can Help page of the NSW LawLink website.
Call the Police
If someone has been physically or sexually violent towards you, or threatened to be physically or sexually violent towards you, or has damaged or stolen your things, you can tell the police. These behaviours are against the law and if the bully is over 10 years of age, they could be charged or given a warning by the police.