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Bullying Prevention

Albuquerque Public Schools promotes the health and well-being of all students. Find information about bullying prevention at APS.

Bullying Prevention

Per the APS Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention 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 – physical, emotional or psychological harm or threat of harm
Equal emotional reaction Strong emotional reaction on the part of the target
No power, control or attention seeking Seeking power, control and/or attention
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

School Counselor Role

School counselors are familiar with the APS Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention Procedural Directive.  They may provide assistance to administration and follow up with the target and aggressor individually.  School counselors should not act in a disciplinary role.   


Meditation is not an appropriate intervention for bullying.

Assistance/Who to Contact

If you believe your student is being bullied, please reach out to your school for assistance.

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