Letter: Bullies don’t want to be feared, they want to belong


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Posted Online: March 25, 2013, 3:06 pm
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Why can't we see it is the bullies who need help?

These boys or girls need attention.

They feel inadequate -- like they don't quite measure up, or feel equal to the others. They feel if they can lord it over another boy or girl, it gives them a false sense of pride; that they are somebody.

I always thought it better to lose a fight than to accept defeat without trying to defend yourself. I think if someone stands up to a bully, the bully will see that he has to have another way to get along; he doesn't really have to prove he is equal.

Why can't we help the bully boys or girls? Give them the help they are crying for. They don't really want to be feared -- they want to belong.

Why can't school authorities recognize the problem and take care of it.

Harriet Bealer,
Rock Island












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