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ERIC Number: EJ898569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
Stop School Bullying: A Tale of Two Girls
Hargrove, Kathy
Gifted Child Today, v33 n4 p39-40 Fall 2010
The headlines were shocking: "Nine Teens Charged With Bullying in Girl's Suicide." The details were difficult to read and even more troubling to think about. Unfortunately, bullying behavior is not just an adolescent phenomenon. Patricia Shuler remembered being in a second-grade classroom when a normally quiet boy screamed out, "Shut up! Stop humiliating me! Stop before I destroy you!" The eruption occurred because his classmates first teased him about reading all the time and then tattled to the teacher that he wasn't doing his work--work he had mastered 2 years before in kindergarten. All too often, as in this case, it's a gifted child who is a victim. Sylvia Rimm noted that when gifted kids are bullied based on their school performance, it turns their strengths into weakness and is a potential source of shame and feelings of inadequacy. Bullying takes many forms--name calling, physical assaults such as pushing or shoving, ostracism, and intimidation. As teachers and parents, the authors believe they need to develop the skills needed to stop bullying before it ends in a tragedy. This article presents two different stories about bullying which illustrate the need to address bullying cases in schools. (Contains 5 resources.)
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Language: English
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