School Bullies

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Bullies at school have always been there. There was this kid back when I was in the fourth grade, Vince, I still remember his name. Vince would track me down during recess and pick, hit, and insult me to the point that I avoided going out with the other kids, hiding in the bathroom. He found me there, too. Well, this was 1950’s Louisiana, and with a little discovery, one day I found Vince had a glass jaw.

His was an open and shut case of gross intimidation. Find a smaller kid and threaten him to get his lunch money. There’s another style, more subtle, but much more dangerous. To belong is most important to a child. To be accepted by peers is job one when the boy or girl enters school, leaving the familiar behind. When other children hold the keys to the popularity door



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