Bully Prevention

bully-preventionIn the 1950s and 1960s, during the American Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks and so many other African Americans were constantly bullied because of the color of their skin.  As a child, Rosa Louise McCauley was bullied and teased because she was small, she was black, and she was different.  However, she always possessed a quiet strength.  Two instances of bullying stood out in her childhood.  Once, when she was about ten, a white boy named Franklin said something to her and threatened to hit her.  Her grandmother severely scolded her and reminded her that “you didn’t retaliate if they [white people] did something to you.”  This upset Rosa a great deal because she felt she had the right to defend herself.  Then, about a year later, Rosa was walking home from school when a white boy on roller skates tried to push her off the sidewalk.  Later in life, she realized her grandmother scolded her because she was afraid of what might happen to Rosa if she tried to defend herself.  Her grandmother knew it was common in those days in the South for black people to be beaten or killed for acting that way toward white people.  These events (and countless others) helped shape who Rosa Parks was as an adult.  She remembered these events and said, “I had been pushed as far as I could stand to be pushed, and I couldn’t take it anymore…I felt that, if I did stand up [on the bus], it meant that I approved of the way I was being treated, and I did not approve.”

Our goals are three-fold:

  • Educate students, teachers, administrators, and parents to distinguish between what is bullying and what isn’t bullying.  (What are the defining characteristics of each?)
  • Equip our audience with the tools to identify the signs of bullying in its various forms.  (What are things for which they should look?)
  • Explain to our audience what they should do if they or someone they know is being bullied.  (What are the steps they can take?)

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