A video (below) posted to YouTube on May 12 vividly depicts a bully getting beaten up by the kid he was bullying.
The scene takes place in a school hallway, with one student appearing to taunt a smaller student, and then throwing a punch at him. In response, the smaller kid picks up the bigger kid, body-slams him to the ground, and then punches him in the face.
The bully lies motionless on the floor as the 26-second video ends. It is unclear whether the bully was seriously injured or unconscious after the scuffle.
The video had been viewed nearly 100,000 times by May 15. The exact location of the school is unknown, but it is believed to be in the United States, reports the Daily Mail.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services defines bullying as "unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose."
The agency's website, StopBullying.gov, gives further details:
In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Education released the first federal uniform definition of bullying for research and surveillance. The core elements of the definition include: unwanted aggressive behavior; observed or perceived power imbalance; and repetition of behaviors or high likelihood of repetition. There are many different modes and types of bullying. The current definition acknowledges two modes and four types by which youth can be bullied or can bully others. The two modes of bullying include direct (e.g., bullying that occurs in the presence of a targeted youth) and indirect (e.g., bullying not directly communicated to a targeted youth such as spreading rumors). In addition to these two modes, the four types of bullying include broad categories of physical, verbal, relational (e.g., efforts to harm the reputation or relationships of the targeted youth), and damage to property.
Statistically, between 1 in 3 and 1 in 4 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school, with the majority of it occurring in middle school. Although 49 states have anti-bullying legislation, bullying is not illegal, and there is no federal anti-bullying law.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, research shows that bullying behavior can be gradually stopped if adults respond quickly and consistently.