I have a friend with a 9 year old DD, year 3. She has been targeted by 2 boys in her class since the beginning of the year. They will sit on either side of her in the playground and copy everything she does, even if she asks them to stop they will not. They will go up behind her and lightly touch the back of her head - repeatedly. They follow her around and whisper just loud enough for her to hear her name, but nothing else. They tell the other children they are going to play a practical joke on her, knowing it will get back to her. They will sit together in class and stare at her. If she is giving a speach in class they will start to talk, whisper, jostle, even call out to distract her.
All of these behaviours are constant, almost every day. She tells them repeatedly to stop in a loud voice but they refuse.
My friend believes very strongly that this is bullying, but would like others opinions. Most people she speaks to agree with her, as do I, but a few have said it is just kids being kids. I told her I would post here to find out what the wise folk in EB land think! FWIW her DD is very distressed by this, in tears most mornings before school, but still wanting to go because she doesn't want to not see her friends. So, what do you think?