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Nobody wants their children to be bullied. We all want responsible school officials to stop bullying at their schools. We all want other parents to teach their children not to be bullies. We all want other kids to be witnesses and defenders when necessary. We all want the road smoothed for our children.
Sometimes we must fight ferociously to stop bullies at school, at home and in the workplace because the responsible authorities won’t act, despite the evidence. But other times, we are the problem. We have conflicting values we can’t choose between so we don’t act effectively; we stay stuck – uncertain and indecisive. We vacillate instead [...]
What can you do if: Teachers, principals and school therapists are the bullies but they won’t admit it? Teachers, principals and school therapists minimize school bullying or won’t believe that your child is being bullied? Bosses won’t stop bullies in the workplace? The police won’t stop bullies at home?
A nine-year-old, third grade student from Colorado Springs was recently suspended for fighting back against another student who had bullied him repeatedly The target had complained to school authorities, but they had not protected him. Both boys were suspended for fighting. The school defended its actions: “If a student is involved in a physical altercation [...]
Sawyer Rosenstein, 12 -year-old seventh grader from New Jersey, was bullied for months until the bully punched him and left him paralyzed. He received a settlement of $4.2 million from the school district. A claim against the bully has also settled, but details are confidential. And, Sawyer is still paralyzed for life. Reports from the [...]
Kenneth Weishuhn, a 14-year-old high school sophomore in Paullina, Iowa, died of self-inflicted wounds after months of relentless bullying. Articles in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the Washington Post and the Huffington Post have described the town’s outcry. It’s true; Kenneth tried to minimize the bullying so it didn’t become worse. And he got some relief when [...]
In a previous article, “Best Methods to Stop Bullying in Schools,” I came out strongly against principals, teachers and school programs that focused only on stopping bullies by understanding, education, compassion, forgiveness and therapy of bullies, without any effective effort to stop the bullying. They had no strong and firm consequences for harassment, taunting, teasing [...]
The principal and teachers at Sheila’s school were proud of their efforts to stop bullies. They had a team, including a psychologist, to deal fairly with students accused of bullying. They were certain that: Students became bullies because they’d been bullied at home. Bullies had low self-esteem and weren’t aware of other ways of making [...]
Many people believe that forgiveness – complete, unconditional and true – is necessary for spiritual development and for stopping bullies. These people struggle so they can see all people as completely spiritual and good, they strive to love them unconditionally, and they aspire to rise above earthly concerns and values. That makes them feel very [...]
Most of us have been targets of harassment and bullying, but that doesn’t mean we must be the victims of bullies. If fact, when we’re not victims, we can more effectively stop bullying and abuse.« Previous EntriesNext Entries »