Bullying is deliberately or thoughtlessly causing distress to others by hurting them with your words or actions, or by making them feel embarrassed, excluded or threatened. Remember that what may seem a joke or a bit of harmless teasing to you and your friends may not be fun for the person on the receiving end. Bullying is not tolerated at Wimbledon College. If you bully, you can expect action to be taken against you. This includes any form of cyber-bullying.
People who stand by and do nothing while bullying is going on are, to an extent, also responsible for the bullying. If you see someone being bullied do something to stop it. If you feel confident intervene, if not report it.
If you are being bullied you must tell someone who has the power to do something about it – speak to your parents, a teacher, your Tutor, your Head of Line, a prefect, or some other adult.
Sometimes victims think that reporting bullying will make things worse - this is not true. A report of bullying will be dealt with carefully and everything will be done to make sure that the bullying stops and that there are no repercussions for you. You have a right to feel safe and happy in your school and to be treated with respect - don’t let anyone else take away that right.
If you are being bullied or know someone who is you can let the school know by using the special email address: email@example.com This email goes to a Deputy Head Master who will investigate what you have to say.