It's kind of a hot topic these days in a small sort of way.Hopefully the things that researchers have and will come up will help limit the scope of the problem in the future.
Something that can be suppressed but not eliminated.
Where I want to go with this essay is not to talk about how to make bullying stop, but rather, to explore the sorts of damage bullies do to their victims, and to discuss a few paths through which some of that damage can be, at least in part, undone.
I was younger, more sensitive, certainly more vulnerable and not talented at fist fighting.
Most days I'd make it home safely , but some days I'd end up belly up on the grass trying to fend off blows and kicks while a ring of kids jeered and cheered that day's aggressor.
You know how jokes are often funny because they are based in an ugly truth?
I had a new realization of that phenomena while watching Bill Maher's new stand-up comedy special "The Decider" on HBO the other night.
In this spirit, I offer my self-disclosure (and hijack Bill's) as seed for discussion.
There are lots of programs designed to help schools and other institutions prevent bullying.
As part of his punchline, he commented that he would have gladly subjected himself to the worst abuse Michael has been accused of perpetrating rather than having to endure that single beating.