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Bullying Prevention Protocol

Bullying Prevention

Per APS procedural directive, bullying is a way of using power aggressively in which a person is subjected to intentional, unwanted, and unprovoked hurtful verbal and/or physical actions.

An act of bullying results in the targeted student feeling oppressed, fearful, distressed, injured, or uncomfortable. The aggression is repeated on more than one occasion and can include: physical, verbal, emotional, racial, sexual, written, electronic, damage to property, social exclusion, and intimidation.

Bullying may be motivated by actual or perceived characteristics such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or identity, mental, physical, or academic disability. 

Bullying often takes place in a social context. Cyberbullying is a form of bullying.

Differences Between Conflict and Bullying

Table comparing normal conflict with bullying
Normal ConflictBullying
Equal power – friends Imbalance of power – not friends
Happens occasionally Repeated negative actions
Accidental Purposeful
Not serious Serious – threat of physical harm
or emotional or psychological hurt
Equal emotional reaction Strong emotional reaction on
the part of the target
No seeking power or attention Seeking power and control
Not trying to get something Trying to gain material things or power
Remorse – takes responsibility NO remorse – blames target
Effort to solve the problem No effort to solve the problem

Counselor Role

Counselors must familiarize themselves with the APS Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention Procedural Directive and provide guidance curriculum as a prevention measure.

In instances of investigation of a bullying situation, Counselors may provide guidance to administration and follow up with the target and aggressor individually. Counselors should not act in a disciplinary role.


Meditation is not an appropriate intervention for bullying.

Procedural Directive


Contact the District Counseling Department, 505-855-9826.