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Examples of bullying situations in different environments


  • Youths mock one of their teachers for being overweight in a video posted online, which is relayed by a large number of Web visitors. The man suffers consequences that affect him in his professional and personal life.
  • A university student regularly receives texts or emails calling him a "loser". He avoids other students and skips his classes more and more often.
  • Someone posts an intimate photo of a woman on the Internet. She feels humiliated and betrayed. She tries in vain to suppress the photo.
  • Recurring discriminatory comments about First Nations and Inuit are published in reaction to articles online.


  • A young girl is constantly denigrated by her half-brother. She feels demeaned by his attitude to the extent that she loses her appetite, avoids the common areas of the home and takes refuge in her bedroom.
  • A man who is losing his autonomy regularly accepts to give money to his daughter, despite his low income, because she threatens to stop running errands for him (grocery, pharmacy, etc.), a service that allows him to keep living at home, if he does not give her the amounts requested.
  • An elderly women is threatened verbally by her son, with whom she lives. She is afraid for her safety, but does not report him, particularly because of the family tie that binds them.


  • A young boy who does not match the sexual stereotypes is regularly called a "fag" by some classmates in the cafeteria and the gym. The other students start to ignore him and he suffers from this isolation. He looks for every possible way to avoid these places.
  • A Black youth is the target of repeated racist insults by a group of secondary school students. He doesn't know how to react, starts staying away and has difficulty concentrating, which has negative consequences for his school results and his well-being.
  • A young girl with an intellectual disability frequently has her tuque, umbrella or boots snatched on the bus. She often cries during the trip and has attacks before going to school.
  • A child with autism spectrum disorder is often followed by a group of students who imitate and mock him. The student in question becomes anguished.
  • A trio of students regularly oblige a new student in school to give them his lunch. The student in question does not report the situation, fearing reprisals.
  • False rumours on the sexual behaviour of an adolescent girl are spread at school and on social media. The girl feels humiliated. She no longer wants to attend this school and is often absent without authorization.
  • An adolescent girl announces that her boyfriend was "stolen" by another girl and sets her whole gang against her.

Caregiving or residential facility:

  • In a private seniors' residence, a senior repeatedly insults another resident. This resident increasingly avoids the common areas so that he no longer has to put up with these verbal assaults.
  • A handicaped person living in a condominium asserts his adaptation needs by asking for installation of an elevator. Her neighbours then insult her and gather daily near her door to smoke, in order to induce her to leave her condo.

Sports environment:

  • At the arena, a coach constantly insults and threatens a young referee during a hockey game. Some parents follow his example and add their own insults and threats. The young referee becomes increasingly nervous and hesitant.
  • Denigrating graffiti regularly appear on the locker of a homosexual athlete. She does not feel accepted by her teammates and feels alone, which impels her to abandon training and competition.
  • Whenever their teams compete against each other, a basketball player shoves an opponent and threatens to assault him off the court. The targeted player is worried for his safety.
  • A soccer coach always publicly humiliates the same player to obtain greater efforts from her. The athlete is embarrassed to appear in front of her teammates.


  • Every week, in the locker room at the public pool, adolescent girls mock another swimmer's weight. She bursts into tears and promises herself she'll never return for recreational swimming.


  • A contractor feels intimidated, because he receives calls and threats from a competitor who wants him to withdraw from a call for tenders.
  • A patient attendant from an ethnocultural minority works in a seniors' residence. She is regularly the target of unpleasant comments by residents, which affect her self-confidence and her work relationships.
  • The colleagues of an older worker regularly suggest that it's time for her to retire, which causes her to believe that her competencies are being questioned. She therefore avoids teamwork and no longer takes initiative.


  • A neighbour regularly insults the members of a family who recently moved into the neighbourhood and vandalizes their property because of their ethnocultural origin. The family doesn't feel welcome and the situation is stressful for all its members. The parents ask themselves if they should move again.
  • In a rental building, a neighbour constantly threatens the parents of an autistic child that he will get them evicted if their child keeps making noise. The parents fear he will achieve his ends and the situation makes them anxious, especially since their child has a great need for stability.

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Last modified date :
April 19, 2017