In the next parts of this series, I will take a look at some of the points and issues raised by participants during my recent half day presentation on Bullying at the Seattle U conference. Some big issues were discussed there. In the meantime, here is more from the TK court...these are not my words:
typically operate in front of a crowd, and the students who act as
onlookers do not escape the effects of bullying. These students, who
often watch, or even step away from the bullying actions, are more
likely to feel powerless and to be fearful at school. Macklem, supra, at 91-92. Bystanders feel as though they are incapable of controlling the situation, and thus are not themselves safe. Id. at 91.
may go along with the group in the bullying behavior out of fear that
if they were to speak up they might lose their space within the peer
group and open themselves up to be the next victim. Id. As time
goes on, if bullying persists at a high level, bystanders become
desensitized and are less willing to step in to prevent the harassment. Id.