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School Bullying: Prevention and Intervention

Title, Beverly
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) In Tricia S. Jones and Randy Compton, eds., Kids Working It Out: Stories and Strategies for Making Peace in Our Schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Pp. 221-235.

In this essay Beverly Title begins by noting the frequency of bullying, from the relatively mild to the comparatively serious, and by pointing out the increasing dangers associated with bullying as weapons of deadly force become more accessible to young people. School violence like that at Columbine High School shows the potential for terrible consequences in the context of bullying and response to bullying. As Title observes, one thing that most young shooters have in common is a history of being bullied. Hence, it is vital for conflict resolution programs to account for the deeper impacts of bullying on school culture. Toward this end, Title defines bullying, identifies misconceptions about bullying, looks at steps schools are taking to prevent it, and highlights ways both to prevent and to intervene in bullying.


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