Bullying is commonplace in schools, but in recent years cyber-bullying, suicides, and school shootings have shown bullying to be a very serious issue. On this week’s Please Explain we’ll find out what constitutes bullying and aggression among children (and adults), its repercussions, and how parents, children, and schools should address it. We’re joined by Elizabeth Englander, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, and Jessie Klein, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Adelphi University, and author of The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools.
Following up this morning's listener suggestion, Slate's Emily Bazelon and Jessie Klein, author of The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools look at the links between bullying and violence, from school shootings to teen suicides. Are we too quick to assign motives?