When I see a child being abused, I still feel the pain I felt as a child. Don't you? I think of what I can do to help. As a teacher, I tried to stop the bullies, but it was very difficult. They don't frighten easily. They don't give in to reason, even when you try to show them that hurting other children endangers themselves and their families. The bully's parents are often unaware, or don't care that their child is menacing others. "Boys will be boys", or "It's just girl stuff". Schools are frustrated they can't stop bullying that takes place outside of school grounds. So what are the solutions? How do we stop this self-destructive behavior? Think of bullies as vampires. When are they most likely to strike? Vampires strike when a victim is alone and most vulnerable. No child should ever feel they are alone. That should be our first goal as Bully Stoppers: never let a child feel alone. At least we can save one...
A man asked another why he was picking up dying star fish and throwing them into the ocean.
The second man said he wanted to save their lives.
The first laughed and replied, "There are hundreds here. You can't save them all."
The second replied, "At least I saved one."
Every day WE have a chance to save one...
Mark is the award-winning teacher/author who has set his sights on bullying and other school problems. Please join in the quest to end bullying by adding your ideas and comments.