There are many different forms of school harassment, though in general these different types tend to refer to those who are involved in the harassment or the specific type of harassment that is occurring. The people who are involved in a harassment situation often dictate the form of harassment that happens, such as harassment that occurs between two or more students, harassment between two or more teachers, and harassment involving a student and a teacher. Regardless of who is involved in school harassment, however, there are also a number of different types of harassment that can occur at school such as sexual harassment and bullying.
School harassment typically refers to any type of harassment that occurs at a school, rather than at any other type of workplace or social environment. Harassment, in general, is behavior that seeks to make a person feel intimidated or threatened, or that creates a generally hostile environment for someone in a particular place. This usually consists of language, actions, and images used by one or more people to make another person or small group of people feel threatened or strongly distressed. School harassment usually consists of this type of behavior and is often categorized based on who is involved or specific forms of harassment.
A student harassing other students is a fairly common form of school harassment, which involves one or more students targeting one or more other students for abusive behavior. Harassment in a school can also occur between teachers, and not involve students at all, which can be similar to other forms of harassment that can occur in other workplaces. There can also be school harassment that involves one or more students and one or more teachers on each side of the situation. A student can harass a teacher in a classroom, and teachers can harass students; both situations are inappropriate and emotionally destructive.
Different types of school harassment are often indicated by the type of harassment that occurs, regardless of who is involved. Sexual harassment involves aggressively sexual behavior from one person toward another, which is unwanted and leads the target to feel threatened and creates an environment in which he or she cannot learn or teach. Bullying is also a major form of school harassment that consists of physical actions and words that make a person feel threatened with violence, often due to differences in culture, physical appearance, or behavior. This often occurs between students and can result in anything from fist fights to terrible acts of violence in a school.