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“I’m a dominating bully”

November 18, 2009

“I feel people are bullies because they have nothing better to do,”
said Kenyonna Glass, an eleventh grader. Shanique Harvey, a senior,
said kids act like bullies because they think it helps get them in with
the popular crowd. Lavonte King, a freshman, said he had been both a
bully and a victim. “When I get bullied, I usually go bully someone
else, take my anger out on someone else,” he said.

Asked by moderator India McCanse, executive director of Literacy
Services of Wisconsin, what advice they would have for parents who want
to reduce the chance of their children being either bullies or victims,
Shanique said, “I would have to tell a parent to get more involved.”
She suggested parents take some days off work and spend the time with
their children.

But Kenyonna said, “Depends on who the parents are.” For many
children, the problems of their parents are a major source of their own
problems, she said. At another point, she said that often, “The person
who is doing the bullying is probably going through things at home.”

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