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ERIC Number: EJ1001173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Confronting Bullying: It Really Can Get Better
Henkin, Roxanne
English Journal, v101 n6 p110-113 Jul 2012
In 2010, a number of suicides resulted in part because of bullying and cyberbullying. They include Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Eric Mohat, Meredith Rezak, Raymond Chase, and Billy Lucas. These students were gay and lesbian and felt that they had no other option than to take their own lives. Research shows that because adolescents are discovering themselves, they are especially vulnerable to the peer pressure that often takes the form of bullying. The pressures of fitting in and finding a place in the world can often go awry when one is perceived as being different. Whether as victim or bystander, students can be hurt, often with tragic consequences. Cyberbullying complicates this issue even more. Educators need to make it safer for students so they see adults as allies. This article lists some steps that teachers can take right now to make a difference. This list is just a beginning, but it represents a strong start to becoming allies for all their students. Teachers need to do more. When they really see and act, they will help their students confront bullying and see that life for all bullied and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning) bullied students really can get better. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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