When are we going to wake up to the destructiveness of bullying?
There is ample evidence to suggest that victims are capable of becoming aggressors and often more destructive than many imagine. The flight response can easily turn into a fight response that can be excessive and often misplaced.
This is not a column excusing the Virginia Tech killer Cho Seung-hui. But it is important to understand that what drove Cho to murder 32 people on his university campus last week is what has driven so many other school mass killers in the United States and beyond: severe bullying at school. “There is a lot of evidence that he was badly bullied at school, especially through ridicule and exclusion,” an expert on bullying, Professor Ken Rigby, of the University of South Australia, said yesterday. “This almost certainly increased his sense of alienation and desire to strike back.”
Maybe these findings will capture the attention of authorities.
BULLYING in Australian primary schools is in the worst category in the world, a new study of education standards has found.
In the Trends In International Mathematics And Science Study, which surveyed schools in about 40 countries, more than a quarter of Australian year 4 students said they had suffered bullying.
The results have alarmed child-health experts and education bodies, which have been running strict anti-bullying programs in schools over the past six years.
I have no doubts at all about how widespread it is and even more concerning the trend is in workplaces – hence one of the reasons I’m so passionate about fighting the problem. I f adults find it hard to cope with how can we expect children to fare any better?
Bullying in the workplace is even more rife in Australia than in the schoolyard, school and workplace bullying expert Evelyn Field says.
The US-based Trends In International And Mathematics And Science Study surveyed year 4 students across 40 countries and found Australia was in the worst category in the world.
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