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Beyond Teasing: One-Third of Today's Kids Involved in Bullying

The Bully Pulpit continued...

As for C.J., things are "kind of in limbo," says his mother. "At home, he's still not allowed time out of the yard because when he heads down the block, they'll be there. He's like a caged animal. It's not fair. When a kid's already dealing with feeling lonely and left out, it seems they become even more targets."

Some bullies are just plain mean, says Williams. For bullies - and their victims -- self-esteem is the real issue, she thinks. "We need to be rebuilding whatever was lost from the start. Parents need to be aware that if kids are bullies, it's a control issue. If they're being bullied, it's not knowing how to take control. And there's a fine line there."

Williams is relocating her family this summer, and enrolling C.J. in a smaller school where he's less likely to get lost in the crowd, she says. "That'll be better for him."


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