A Shift in Approach: Addressing Bullying in Schools

Sharon Issurdatt Dietsche, LICSW, LCSW-C

School Social Work

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Across the country the term “bullying” is making national headlines regarding brutal acts committed by children at school. Bullying has been defined as intentional, repeated actions and words designed to intimidate or hurt another person (Durso, 1999 - 2008). Since many bullying incidents occur through personal cell phones and computers, and often after school hours, many school professionals have had a slow response in addressing this behavior. Reluctant to assert an authority they are not sure they have, educators can appear indifferent to parents’ frantic worry and alarm by recent adolescent suicides linked to bullying. (Hoffman, 2010.)

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