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Anti-bully efforts could help avoid trauma later in life

It’s hard to know just how much of it will alter the behavior of those inclined to bully, but schools’ growing focus on the problem at the very least lets potential victims know there is support if they need it.

Hundreds of students gathered last Monday at Grace F. Cole Elementary School in Norwell to kicked off Stand Up Youth Nation’s new anti-bullying campaign.

The Brockton-based nonprofit aims to help South Shore children and teens who are dealing with social issues, including bullying, and Monday’s event in Norwell debuted a new approach to getting the anti-bullying message out.

Local musician Nick Gentili performed a song titled “Big Ol’ Bully” and the audience response made it clear he’d struck a nerve.

“The kids were very enthusiastic,” school counselor Patty Hickey said. “They get sick of constantly hearing about it from their guidance counselors, so when a program like this comes in, it really enhances the message.”

The importance of getting that message across was reinforced by a study published this month in the journal Psychology of Violence that shows children who are bullied often become victims of abuse and harassment later in life.

The study, by the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center, finds that those who had been cyber-bullied were three times more likely to be victims of dating violence than other teens.

Sherry Hamby, who led the study, surmises that children who are bullied suffer a loss in self esteem that makes them more vulnerable to future violence.

Schools throughout the South Shore have staged events similar to the one last week in Norwell and it’s hard not to believe they are making a difference.

One of the painful aspects of bullying is the shame it imparts on the victim. Bringing together hundreds of students reminds every potential victim that they are not alone and certainly have no reason to be ashamed. – Anti-bully efforts could help avoid trauma later in life

One Response to “Anti-bully efforts could help avoid trauma later in life”

  1. robin says:

    I do believe that VANCOUVER BC should be crowned BULLY CAPITAL OF CANADA
    I was bullied by the athletes at my school but when I tried to get an apology the North Vancouver District school board laughed at me and why you ask?? Well the main bully is a prominent figure in the Vancouver pro sports community and they are all sacred so you don’t mess with them. Like being bullied all over again! This bullying even went to the point they put the word FA G beside my grad picture in our 1970 grad book ARGYLE SECONDARY North Vancouver. When does it stop hurting??NEVER


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