This article is about teacher-related bullying at school. For bullying involving lecturers in higher education, School teachers are commonly the subject of bullying but they are also sometimes the originators of bullying within a school environment.
When an adult bullies a child, it is referred to as psychological, emotional or verbal abuse. According to the American Psychological Association, it is as harmful as sexual or physical abuse. Children who are emotionally abused and neglected face similar and sometimes worse mental health problems as children who are physically or sexually abused, yet psychological abuse is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treating victims, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association.
While sexual and physical abuse by an adult to child, parent, teacher or coach is criminal in the eyes of the law, bullying or emotional abuse by these adults in care-giver positions is not necessarily.
Due to their influential role, it is possible that teachers are instrumental in teaching bullying.