Understand the Difference Between Conflict and Bullying

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 8:38pm

As we gear up to finish the school year strong, it's important to address student interactions that can affect both individual students and/or our school community. Peer conflict is something that most students will experience at some point in their school career. However, it is essential to understand the difference between conflict and bullying, should bullying occur. By understanding the differences, we can better navigate challenging situations and foster a positive school environment where everyone can thrive. We look forward to continuing to work together to end the school year on a strong and positive note. Thank you for your continued support and partnership!




Mutual Disagreement: Conflict typically involves a  disagreement or difference of opinion between two or more individuals.

Equal Power: Those involved in the conflict usually have relatively equal power or standing.

Occurs Occasionally: Conflicts arise occasionally and may be resolved through communication, negotiation, or compromise.

No Intention to Harm: While emotions may be involved, there is no deliberate intent to harm or exert control over the other party.

Power Imbalance: Bullying involves an imbalance of power, where one individual seeks to assert dominance or control over another.

Repeated Behavior: Bullying often consists of repeated actions or behaviors aimed at causing harm, either physically or psychologically.

Intentional Harm: The bully intentionally seeks to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim, often deriving satisfaction from the victim's distress.

One-sided Aggression: Unlike conflict, bullying typically involves one-sided aggression, where the victim feels targeted and unable to defend themselves adequately.


More information can be found on the HCPSS Stop Bullying website. If you have any questions regarding this policy or its implementation, please contact a school administrator. Here is the online link to report an Instance of Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation and a link to the Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form to fill out and return to your students school administrator. More information on HCPSS Policy9460 can be found at Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment, and Intimidation Involving Students - HCPSS.