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    What is Bullying?

    "Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose." -stopbullying.gov


    What Steps Should PGSD Parents Take to Report Bullying?


    Parents that have individual student issues with any type of bullying should contact the building administrators to set up an individual problem solving meeting to address the issue.  Administrators are trained in problem solving techniques. They can access additional building or district personnel including guidance counselors and social workers as needed.  All administrators follow associated school board policies to remedy bullying situations.


    Warning Signs of Bullying


    Students who are being bullied often exhibit some warning signs. These students may:

    * Have torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings

    * Have unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches from fighting

    * Have few, if any, friends with whom he or she spends time

    * Seem afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities (such as clubs or sports) with peers

    * Take a long "illogical" route when walking to or from school

    * Lose interest in doing school work, or suddenly begin to do poorly in school

    * Appear sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home

    * Complain frequently of headaches,stomachaches, or other physical problems

    * Have frequent bad dreams, or trouble sleeping

    * Experience a loss of appetite

    * Appear anxious and suffer from low self-esteem