This is happening at some of our nation’s schools! Such an exciting and badly-needed lesson to be learned. There is an excellent article at NPR titled, “Hit Back At Bullies? Not At This School.”
The concepts are simple: Don’t bully, help those who are being bullied and tell an adult what’s going on. Pearre tries to reinforce the idea that the bully doesn’t act alone. The community can take away the bully’s power by refusing to cheer him on, by telling an adult, or perhaps the ultimate step: stepping in to help the victim.
“Sometimes they are not mature enough to make that step yet,” Pearre says. “But we’re just as happy if they let us know, and we can intervene.”
In our world of tomorrow, these children will be our leaders. We need them badly! Today, it seems, we have too many adults who are not mature enough to handle a bullying culture. “A Little Child Will Lead Them.”
Watching this class, any former middle schooler might recoil and think, “It’s wrong to rat on friends.”
“So if someone comes up to you and like, punches you, or does something physically violent, how do you defend yourself? Do you just stand there and watch?”
Don’t let it get to that point, kids are told. Don’t resort to violence, because it’s wrong. And, as Pearre explains, it will land you in even bigger trouble.