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ERIC Number: EJ930788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Bully, Bullied, Bystander...and beyond
Coloroso, Barbara
Teaching Tolerance, n39 p50-53 Spr 2011
Bullying is seldom the only factor in a teenager's suicide. Often, mental illness and family stresses are involved. But bullying does plainly play a role in many cases. These students feel that they have no way out of the pain heaped on them by their tormentors so they turn the violence inward with a tragic and final exit. Bullying involves three characters: (1) the bully; (2) the bullied; and (3) the bystander. There can be no bullying without bullies. But they cannot pull off their cruel deeds without the complicity of bystanders. Another potential actor can bring the curtain down on this tragedy. This fourth character--the antithesis of the bully--provides hope that one can break out of the trap of comradeship. This character can appear in three different and vital roles--those of "resister," "defender" and "witness." Bullying can be challenged even more dramatically when the majority stands up against the cruel acts of the minority. Teachers can use the stuff of everyday life to create a different climate in their schools. This new climate must include a deep caring and sharing that is devoted to breaking the current cycle of violence and exclusion. It's a daunting task but a necessary one. (Contains 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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