"I think there's more drama with girls," Dominique Johnson, a fifth grader at Vista PEAK, said.
But experts say that drama is not just for show.
"Often times, it's just taking sides. [It's] taking sides and saying, 'I'm not your friend anymore' and 'If I want be more popular, I need to be friends with this group,'" Dr. Jennifer Hagman, a child psychiatrist at The Children's Hospital, said.
Psychologists say that is bullying.
"Kids will try to intimidate others to establish their dominance by putting others down," Hagman said.
"They would like tease me and everything," Dominique said.
These days, schools can punish a bully for actions that happen off school grounds.
"Just because it happened yesterday at home, if kids are being impacted and unable to learn things at school, we have an obligation to investigate and see how we can help that kid," Dr. Barbara Cooper, the chief of equity and engagement at Aurora Public Schools, said.
Administrators with APS say parents should report bullying immediately. If a teacher does not listen - go to the principal. If the principal does not listen, there are other options.
"They have a right to contact our district office where some intervention will happen in terms of involving the principal's supervisor or achievement director," Cooper said.
But parents have to recognize when their child is a victim.
"Not wanting to go to school in the morning, complaining of stomach aches, coming home from school upset, missing belongings," Hagman said.
School Resource Officer Shelley Owens learned how to recognize the signs.
"They're very competitive. They can be very mean with each other," Owens said.
Then she realized how to stop it.
She started the Vista PEAK Lady Bison club. It brings different girls together.
"Some of them I just met and I made friends really fast," Dominique said.
The day 9NEWS was there, the girls wrote compliments on paper hearts. Each heart had a girl's name on it.
Experts say one of the best ways to combat bullying with boys or girls is to use peer groups. The kids can take care of each other.
"If you do it for them, just like anything else we do for our kids, they don't feel in the end like they've mastered it themselves," Hagman said.
Parents can empathize.
"I do get angry. I get upset. This is my baby!" Cecilia Zubia, a mother, said.
Experts say they can also role play.
"Talking through what are some different ways I can respond if that happens," Hagman said.
The girls in the Lady Bison club are learning those responses to stop bullying now to turn their school into a drama free zone.
Experts say an equal concern is making sure your child does not become a bully. They say parents can set a good example by not being a bully at home.
For help, parents or students can contact Safe2Tell at 877-542-SAFE (7233). You can also visit http://safe2tell.org/who-we-are/.
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