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Bullying In Our Schools: Is The Problem Bigger Than We Think

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Bullying can take on many forms including physical, emotional and verbal elements where there is a real or perceived “imbalance of power with the more powerful individual or group,” abusing those who are “less powerful.”

Unfortunately, and tragically as demonstrated by the Phoebe Prince case, normalcy or lighthearted reminiscences has little to do with the real-life pain that bullying can inflict. In fact a recent UK study found that between 15 to 25 children commit suicide every year as a direct result of being bullied.

There have been many reasons cited as being at the root cause of why children bully including the belief that they themselves are being bullied at home by an older sibling or worse yet, a parent.

In a follow-up to our recent 49th Parallel Forum broadcast in which Jim Bouchard and I welcomed guests from New York and Australia to discuss the Gentle Giant story (I am of course talking about Casey Heynes), this evening we will welcome relationship expert Dr. Jackie Black to weigh in on the growing controversy of bullying.

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