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Could your child be a bully?
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February 26th, 2013
09:00 AM ET

Could your child be a bully?

Editor's note: Don't miss AC360°'s "The Bully Effect" on Sunday, March 3 and Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m. ET.

Eva was a bully. Tall for her age, she used her height to intimidate her peers. She made fun of those without designer clothes and got suspended several times for fighting.

She was also well-liked, outgoing, funny - and a victim of bullying herself.

"When you're in junior high, you're just trying to figure out who you are," the 24-year-old Los Angeles resident remembers. She says she bullied others because she was, as were most kids, insecure.

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  1. M Romero-Langlois

    Bullying is not just a grade school or high school issue, by misguided adolescents. We need to look at the Greek Fraternities and Sororities in many colleges. INITIATION RITUALS, (really another name for acceptable forms of HAZING) ARE NOTHING MORE THAN BULLYING IN ACCEPTABLE SPHERES!
    I have a son who has been admitted into two mental health hospitals since last Thanksgiving. After his first year at a prominent Technical Institution, where they broke him and made him think he was a (so sorry) but they even called him a Fagot! and the "N" word (even though he is Hispanic) and is white and has brown hair and green eyes; but the "N" was his nickname because he was the "first non-white" admitted to their "brotherhood".
    They "BULLIED HIM" BROKE HIS SPIRIT, AND TORMENTED HIM, TO THE POINT OF TEARING HIS SELF-ESTEEM.
    I was very disturbed at pictures drawn on t-shirts that I even showed to the Dean of Students, and to the Dean of Greek Affairs, and Student Integrity. I think that this type of institutionalized bullying is what caused my son to drop out of college, and caused him a mental health crisis. College is stressful enough, without allowing institutionalized bullying.
    As a mother of a young man who had high honors in high school, who had every opportunity to succeed, and has been broken by the group that was supposed to give him support and reinforcement; while away from home. I would like to bring focus to this issue, because he could have been a statistic, and he is still NOT OUT OF THE WOODS!!

    March 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
  2. Maria Rodriguez

    I feel the pain, that as a parent you feel helpless. My 15 year old was bullied last school year. I suffered for her, she put herself in a frenzy and didn't want to go to school at all. I turned to the school and their response was that it was normal teenage behavior and that it was not bullyng. My daughter can tell the story clearly, and what she went through for 6 months. We need to unite and put an end to it...

    February 26, 2013 at 5:49 pm |