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Hard for bullies to hide from the eye in the sky

Misdirections in bullying prevention and response

Dr. Catherine Bradshaw, a national expert in bullying prevention, discusses approaches to avoid in bullying prevention and response.
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Dr. Catherine Bradshaw, a national expert in bullying prevention, discusses approaches to avoid in bullying prevention and response.

Adult intervention can stop bullying, but it needs to come well before the offending action.

Experts say acceptable behavior needs to be spelled out well in advance and on an ongoing basis. When bullying happens, the adults need to face it and call it out.

But sometimes there will be a goofball moment when some teen boy thinks it is funny, or will give him status, or will avenge a rejection if he cuts seven inches off a sophomore girl’s long hair. Someone will ask what he thought he was doing. The answer will be that thought didn’t really enter the equation.

Althoff Catholic High School just saw that incident. While it was exaggerated into a story of multiple students holding the girl down, the school’s surveillance system showed that it was one boy who briefly held the girl’s hand as he took scissors to her locks.

So there it is, kids. If you do decide to be a mean jerk for some deep-seated need, the cameras are watching. If the story gets exaggerated, the cameras are watching.

Now don’t be late for English. Today’s lesson is George Orwell’s “1984,” and a discussion of how dystopia and dysfunction can counterbalance one another.

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