Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 12/12/2012 (1387 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Re: New focus on bullying tries to find solutions (Dec. 8). I commend the Free Press for drawing attention to the issue of school bullying.
I believe that increased media attention on stories such as that told by the brave young woman in this article is extremely valuable in addressing this daunting societal issue.
I also think that it is important to realize that bullying is not just a childhood phenomenon. School bullies grow up to become workplace bullies, where they then inflict emotional, professional and financial harm on their workplace targets.
Studies have shown that bullies are often unable to perceive, or even understand, the harm they are causing and this inability does not simply vanish once they are grown.
Any effort to find solutions to the epidemic of bullying in society must be tackled by not only by the ministers of education, but also those of health and labour.
Support programs must be put in place to not only address the bully in the school yard, but also the bully in the workplace.