Warning signs of bullying

April 19, 2010 11:25:39 AM PDT
Below are the warning signs of bullying, from the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Comes home with torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings;
  • Has unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches;
  • Has few, if any friends, with whom he or she spends time;
  • Seems afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities with peers (such as clubs);
  • Takes a long, "illogical" route when walking to or from school;
  • Has lost interest in school work or suddenly begins to do poorly in school;
  • Appears sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home;
  • Complains frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical ailments;
  • Has trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams;
  • Experiences a loss of appetite
  • Appears anxious and suffers from low self-esteem.

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