How to Bully Children

A writer visits a fifth grade classroom at a northern California elementary school, where she observes the class’s anti-bullying curriculum:

“‘Stop it, you are bullying me,’ he says. Then he lets his body go slack. He bows, then sits down.

“‘You labeled it, you said “stop,” you stood up straight,’ Linda says, ‘Good job.’

“‘Very good,’ Efrain asks. ‘Any questions?’

“‘Yeah,’ someone shouts. ‘What do you do if someone calls you a hobo?’

“‘Is that a serious question?’

“‘Yes, I want to know what to do if someone calls me a hobo.’ A pause as Efrain looks very mildly annoyed. ‘Okay. It’s not a serious question.’

“‘Hobo,’ someone shouts.”

Source: The Awl
Published: Mar 13, 2012
Length: 16 minutes (4,247 words)
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