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Bullying: On- and Off-line

Mario A. Sullivan, Joachim Marjon
You are not alone, you didn’t do anything wrong, you didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied, and there is a whole world waiting for you. . . .

—President Barack Obama

Despite fond memories of childhood, each of us has either experienced or witnessed bullying, or maybe we were the bully. It is a problem that has been around since we began defining ourselves and those whom we view as different. It will likely be around forever, but we have a duty to take a stand and protect those who cannot protect themselves. This article will examine ways of holding schools accountable for failing to protect their students, various avenues that might be available for relief, and emerging problems and challenges in cyberbullying.

There are many definitions of bullying, but generally it is considered to be unwanted and aggressive behavior that is repeated or has the potential to be repeated. Bullying can take many forms, including making threats, spreading rumors, physically or verbally abusing someone, and purposefully isolating someone from a group.

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