April 19th, 2010
03:58 PM ET

How not to raise a bully: The early roots of empathy

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/CRIME/03/30/massachusetts.bullying.suicide/story.phoebe.prince.cnn.jpg caption="Phoebe Prince, 15, who had recently moved from Ireland, committed suicide in January in Massachusetts." width=300 height=169]

Maia Szalavitz

Since the Jan. 14 death of Phoebe Prince, the 15-year-old in South Hadley, Mass., who committed suicide after being bullied by fellow students, many onlookers have meditated on whether the circumstances that led to her after-school hanging might have been avoided.

Could teachers have stepped in and stopped the bullying? Could parents have done more to curtail bad behavior? Or could preventive measures have been started years ago, in early childhood, long before bullies emerged and started heaping abuse on their peers?


Filed under: Bullying
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. a j

    Make sure kids see u n a positive light, not krazy radical situations

    April 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  2. Renee

    It is so sad that bullying persists in our youth. It's up to the parents to re-enforce kindness and compassion. Without sounding like a commercial for a product, I saw these posters and loved them!

    April 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm |