To Bully is to Torture
February 27, 2011
Children and young adults are often bullied because they don’t match their peers’ expectations of what “real” boys and girls act like, look like, speak like, or dress like. Young people who are perceived to be non-traditional in their gender identity or gender expression, or those who are or appear to be non-heterosexual are at great risk for bullying that can lead to acting out, illness, depression, and suicide.
In a new column, former Westfield, NJ teacher and newspaper reporter Millicent K. Brody offers some helpful suggestions for dealing with young bullies. Read Brody’s column here.