“It Hurts:” Physical Results of Bullying

By: Dr. Christine Eady Mann “I’m not as strong as you, when you punch me it hurts.”–Isaac, 11 year old bullying victim Bullying is distressingly common among school-aged children, and is most common during the middle school years. Research has shown that bullying occurs to between 25 and 33 percent of children, and 30% of…

Disrupting Systemic Bullying in America

When we think of bullying, most often we conjure up an overgrown kid throwing his weight around in school, menacing others and spreading fear like a little schoolyard terrorist. The bullying experience is so ubiquitous in American society that movies have been made about sensitive smart kids, who suffer at the hands of bullies, growing…

Bullies Must Be Confronted

As a high school teacher, I’ve spent decades dealing with bullies, and they haven’t changed much. What has changed is the number of platforms available to them to spread their hateful attacks and avoid accountability for their harmful actions. Social media has connected us in ways I never could have imagined when I started teaching…

Curtis Armstrong: Growing up Nerd

Curtis Armstrong is one of those writers who managed to write a profound book and a behind the scenes look at Hollywood at the same time. I’m not sure the actor, famous for playing Dudley Dawson AKA “Booger” in the 80’s Revenge of the Nerds franchise (and more recently as the angel/scribe of God, Metatron…

Not Having It: My Interview with Bravenak

I remember seeing the clip of Ted Nugent on stage threatening the life of President Barack Obama and casually talking about assaulting Secretary Clinton, I would have liked to lash out but I had no means to do it. I wasn’t overly active on social media and other than writing a mean letter, no one…