3 Types of Prejudicial Bullying

Bullying because of race, religion and sexual orientation

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Children and young people can experience bullying for a variety of reasons. But when it comes to prejudicial bullying, bullies are focused on the color of a person’s skin, their religious practices and even their sexual orientation.

Typically, prejudicial bullying is based on stereotypes and prejudices kids have toward people who are different from them. This type of bullying can encompass all the other types of bullying as well.

For instance, victims of prejudicial bullying may experience cyberbullying, verbal bullying, relational aggression, physical bullying and sometimes even sexual bullying.

This type of bullying arises from a misguided or learned belief that certain groups of people deserve to be treated differently or with less respect. When prejudicial bullying occurs, kids are targeting others who are different from them and singling them out.

Often times, this type of bullying is severe and can open the door to hate crimes. Anytime a child is bullied because of race, religion or sexual orientation it should be reported. Do not ignore the bullying or hope it will end. There is too much risk that it will escalate. Be sure to address it right away. Here is an overview of the three types of prejudicial bullying.

Racist Bullying

Although this country has made strides in race relations, racism still exists. Consequently, racist bullying is still an issue in schools.

Racist bullying singles out people because of skin color, race or ethnic background. Some children are bullied because they are African-American, Chinese, Jewish, Italian or Spanish. Even Caucasian children can be bullied for being white.

When racist bullying occurs, children are taunted by peers, called names or excluded from the group because of hatred, fear or lack of understanding.

In some instances, racist bullying may cause children to be embarrassed of their skin color or ethnic background. To counteract the messages of a racist bully, find ways to help kids feel good about their heritage. And be sure to report all racist bullying. Too many times, racist bullying can escalate into a hate crime.

Religious Bullying

Lack of knowledge and understanding about the traditions, beliefs and etiquette of different faiths can lead to religious bullying. In general, bullies target others because they are different. As a result, kids are taunted and teased about their religious beliefs. 

Some students that belong to Christian religions may be ridiculed for studying the Bible and having conservative viewpoints. But they are not the only students that experience religious bullying. People also are bullied because they are Jewish, Catholic and Muslim. Even those that are atheists can be bullied for not believing in God.

Many times, bullying results because of preconceived ideas or a lack of understanding about the differences between religions.

These differences can include everything from beliefs, fasting and prayer practices to the type of clothing they wear. Bullies point to these differences as a reason to harass and target the victim.

LGBT Bullying

LGBT bullying, or anti-gay bullying, refers to being physically or verbally harassed, because of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBT bullying also can include name-calling, sexual bullying and cyberbullying. This type of bullying affects people in LGBT community as well as those who are perceived to be.

In other words, kids do not have to be gay to experience LGBT bullying. In fact, sometimes kids are taunted and called names simply because of the way they act or dress. Meanwhile, other teens are bullied for being lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender. They are treated like outcasts and often ostracized from groups. They endure comments and sometimes even violence.


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