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Bullying victims suffer emotionally and academically, study says

The research is abundant regarding the negative emotional impact of bullying, but a new study shines light on the negative academic impact. According to a study of 2,300 middle school students conducted by UCLA psychologists, a high level of bullying was associated with lower grades across three years. Says lead author of the study Jaana Juvonen, "We cannot address low achievement in school while ignoring bullying, because the two are frequently linked."

Find out more about this study and the lead author's recommendations to improve the "norm of meanness" - and academic achievement - here.

What is bullying?

Bullying is a form of harassment. Under North Carolina Law, bullying is “any pattern of gestures or written, electronic, or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication, that takes place on school property* reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, academic status, gender identity, physical appearance, sexual orientation or mental, physical, developmental, or sensory disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics.” Bullying may include, but is not limited to, verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs, extortion of money or possessions, implied or stated threats.

Please click here to view the Union County Board of Education bullying policy.

*School property is the physical premises of all school campuses, bus stops, all vehicles under the control of the district (including but not limited to Yellow School and Activity Buses), school sponsored curricular and extracurricular activities, regardless of where they occur. The administration may also impose consequences for conduct which occurs off campus if it results in a disruption on school property.

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