Thursday, March 02, 2006

Bullies!


In class the other day, we were discussing the problem of bullies in the school system, and how there is a bystander effect where people who see the bullying take place don't do anything to prevent it. By doing nothing, however, these bystanders are in effect contributing to the bullying. Since they are choosing not to be part of the solution, they have chosen to become part of the problem.

Then my prof asked if we (as students) had ever encountered bullies as adults (e.g. workplace bullying). It made me think about all those times *I* was mistreated at work, or saw someone else being mistreated. At what point do we become part of the problem and at what point do we need to take a stand and become part of the solution?

As an adult, have you ever been bullied or seen it take place? How did you handle it? What do you think we should do about it?



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