Bullying Prevention

Bullying is an important and persistent problem in our community. Furthermore, research shows that middle and high school students who bully their peers or are bully-victims (bully others and are also bullied) are more likely than students who aren’t involved in bullying to use alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana.

Definition: Bullying is unwanted, aggressive or threatening behavior among individuals or groups that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Typically, the behavior is repeated over time and includes the use of hurtful words and/or acts. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Bullying can occur in person or electronically.

Current efforts to address this problem in Novato include the implementation of NoBully Solution Teams, which are in place on all NUSD campuses, as well as the Coalition’s Bullying Prevention Committee.

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