Bullying has always been around, but how people view the problem is changing. Some people think bullying is just a part of growing up. But being shamed, hurt or threatened is unacceptable at any age. Every child has the right to feel safe with peers and at school.

Definition of Bullying
Bullying is aggressive behavior used to hurt, frighten or control others. An action may be considered bullying depending on what happened, how often it happens and who it happens to.
A little girl looks sad while other kids whisper in the background
Where Bullying Happens
Bullying happens in elementary, middle and high school. It happens in families and neighborhoods. It’s even a form of humor on some TV shows. Bullying breaks school rules, and in some cases, it even breaks the law.

Signs & Effects of Bullying
Children who are bullied may:
  • Become distracted and do poorly in school
  • Blame themselves
  • Fear that telling will make things worse
  • Feel alone, afraid or unsafe
  • Fight back and hurt themselves or others
  • Get physically sick
  • Lose pride and self-esteem
  • Try to avoid or skip school
More Information
Find out what bullying is and what the different types are by visiting the Stop Bullying website. You'll find more information about the following:
  • Cyberbullying
  • Definition of bullying
  • How to respond
  • Types of bullying
  • Warning signs
  • Where and when bullying happens
  • Who is at risk
State of Connecticut’s Bullying Policy
Federal and state laws, as well as local school policies, exist to protect students from bullying and harassment. Each school district is required, by law, to have policies and practices in place as well as designated individuals to handle complaints. There are 2 major legislative acts, and a key federal law that are relevant:
Ellington’s Bullying Policy
You can read the Policy on Bullying (PDF) from The Town of Ellington Schools Policy Manual. The entire Policy Manual (PDF) can be found on the Ellington Public Schools website.