The word "bully" is derived from a 14th century Dutch word "boel" that meant "sweetheart or lover", By the 17th century, there was a transition between "lover" and the "protector of a lover/ prostitute"; the connotation of "bully" further mutated into meaning "harasser of the weak". Today, bullying is defined as an act of repeated aggressive behavior intended to hurt another person involving force or coercion.
Bullying consists of three basic types of abuses: emotional, verbal and physical . Verbal harassment takes the form of embarrassing, belittling and demeaning. Physical assault involves fighting with and/or sabbotaging a situation. Coercion is a form of extortion with threat of harm.. Bullying can be an one-on-one interaction or more complex behaviors such as peer abuse or hazing.
Bullying can occur at school, church, among family members, within the workplace and neighborhoods. As of January 2012, 48 U.S had anti bullying laws. The link between bullying and school violence has attracted increasing attention since 1999 Columbine High School massacre. Cyber bullying has proven to also be fatal. Cyberspace is to vast to be policed.had anti-bullying laws states had anti-bullying laws
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