When Adolescents Are Mean

 

"If you have a situation in your school where some students are bullying others, talk with teachers and other parents. Many schools now run workshops for students to teach them to be more empathetic. These programs have received a big boost because of the events in Littleton. So, now wold be a good idea to propose something to your school and PTA."

"I always thought that if the unpopular kids were just better at getting together and socializing with one another---they would be popular! So often though, they lack confidence and socialization skills. I have one of these kids myself. She would rather complain than do anything about it."

"The fact that popular kids often maintain their status quo because everyone accepts their being in charge whether they agree with it or not. After all many of these kids would not hold their positions if they were challenged. I think we need to change kids' way of thinking. To encourage the unpopular to participate."

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