Bullying has grabbed national attention recently, especially in light of several recent suicides of youths and young adults that are being attributed to bullying. CNN aired a special series on bullying last week.
Many adults have a hard time wrapping their heads around the enormity of the problem. I recall some teasing and a few kids who were briefly targeted by bullies when I was growing up, but these incidents didn’t seem to escalate to the level of terrorizing and physical humiliation that is often described today. That’s not to say that the same level of torment didn’t exist when I was in school, but when it did take place, the instances were isolated and usually dealt with directly through school officials, parents or even peers.
Today, however, bullying has taken a new form.