Hi, my DS is 12 and has ASD, high functioning. He's just started MS secondary. He's a very anxious, gets tearful very easily. He's very sweet and naive. He is a bright lad.
He's been ok at school but he doesn't tell me much tbh. Yesterday he suddenly came out with this - three other boys have been taking the mickey out of him, things like his underwear (when getting changed for games) his glasses, his likes/obsessions. It's been going on for a few weeks. These kids are seeking him out to tease him. On the surface, I know this is bullying but could it be banter? DS is very literal, very black and white, could he be misinterpreting it? I've already had a run in with his keyworker who has told me I'm interfering so I don't want to go steaming in if DS is over reacting. I'm not very confident myself and I don't want to be seen as a trouble maker or to unwittingly make it worse.
4. Bullying - a definition There is no legal definition of bullying.
However, it’s usually defined as behaviour that is:
repeated intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally often aimed at certain groups, eg because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation It takes many forms and can include:
physical assault teasing making threats name calling cyberbullying - bullying via mobile phone or online (eg email, social networks and instant messenger) Your school should have its own definition of bullying.