The Bully Society

Monday, March 12, 2012

Jessie Klein, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Adelphi University, discusses her new book The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools.

Comments [10]

Sue Zucker-Scharff from Westchester

I am a teacher and a parent. Both my kids were victims of bullying. Some issues making the situation worse:
playdates, pairs do not get social skills to deal with groups.
Insufficient coverage by untrained underpaid aids during recess.
Punishing the victim.
What works:
stand behind the victim. Do not diminish the importance of what is happening to them aggressively.
Speak to the parents of the bully.
Get the administration on your side.

Mar. 30 2012 02:03 PM
Santa Cruz from NYC - Queens

On Bullying; the segment was too short, just when I thought I'd call in it was over. The question about where it starts and is this part of our culture. Obviously it starts at home and yes it's invaded the culture. I just want to make a connection...we recently have had adults talking badly about each other and in some cases lying about each other and a sitting president on national television everyday for God knows how long while everyone is watching,adults and children, and we wonder where does bullying come from... I'm referring to the republican race for a candidate for president,this is an obvious window to human interaction from people who want the power to run the country. I's awful, what do kids get from all of that I ask?

Mar. 12 2012 02:53 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

Of course, bullying has always existed and maybe always will, at all levels of society, often promoted from the "top". Those who ascend socioeconomically are often predatory and have negative ripple-down effects on the zeitgeist. E.g., financial sophisticates preying on the financially illiterate with impunity, and the effects of this on the social contract and societal morale...

Bullying must be discouraged and must not be rewarded. Nevertheless, does childhood bullying carry some developmental benefits -- like backbone, the ability to stand up for oneself, etc.?

Jessie Klein is on point when she advocates for supporting victims by encouraging them to resist, stand up to and recover from bullying. The ability to do so will serve them well for life.

Mar. 12 2012 11:16 AM
John A.

Boy on boy bullying has indeed been around forever. There are new factors too. It was almost amusing how fast our host had to toss those weighty issues out onto the air to fit into the spot provided.

Mar. 12 2012 11:05 AM
Lisabkln from brooklyn

This topic really deserve more time and really didn't give the speaker much chance to expand on what most people know. More, please.

Mar. 12 2012 11:01 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

That's it??? I mean, why bother?

Mar. 12 2012 11:00 AM
mary from The Bronx

My son went to the most expensive private school in NYC in the 1990s. We used to call him "nature boy" in those days, because his eyes never left the ground, as he rooted for all the wonderful things he found in nature. He had zero interest in group sports and was bullied by jock boys in the 2nd grade and beyond. He wasn't invited to their parties. He was called names. The school's athletic dept. looked the other way. Eventually I got him out (he was on a scholarship!!) and into a much kinder school, where the spirit of competitiveness was de-emphasized. Today he's 26, an artist and a wonderful human being, no thanks to the kids at his first school. I blame the parents, not the kids. They were mostly Wall St. types and they seemed to have an inordinate need to see their sons as jocks.

Mar. 12 2012 10:59 AM
John A.

Gosh, was that even five minutes?

Mar. 12 2012 10:59 AM
Sebastian from Stamford

I work in sales support and I see bullying throughout my everyday interactions with co-workers. Our sales force sees the administration team as an obstacle to their paycheck and constantly battle w/us, at times yelling, insulting, condescending, going over our heads.

Mar. 12 2012 10:59 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

Bullying has been around for a long, long time; it is hardly a new phenomenon. The main difference now is more written proof of that bullying via Facebook, and the heightened response of kids via access to guns.

I'd like to know why we never hear about the parents of these high-school shooters. Plenty of kids get picked on throughout childhood, and do not resort to such extreme forms of retaliation.

Mar. 12 2012 10:58 AM

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