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NCJ Number: 213615 Find in a Library
Title: Dealing With a Schoolyard Bully: A Case Study
Journal: Journal of School Violence  Volume:4  Issue:4  Dated:2005  Pages:47-62
Author(s): Peter Edward Gill; Max Allan Stenlund
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 16
Type: Case Study
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This case study of bullying in a 1 teacher rural school with 1 classroom composed of 28 children ages 5-13 focused on the circumstances of the bullying, how it became known, the degree of associated victim trauma, the roles of the various actors, the intervention strategy, and the case outcome.
Abstract: The bullying had extended over the past 9 months, which began when the victim entered fourth grade. The bullying initially consisted of minor incidents, but had recently escalated to hitting and tripping. The bullying resulted in considerable psychological distress for the victim that was kept hidden from family members until a sudden release of emotion and a sharing of the bullying incidents with family members. One of the authors, a friend of the victim's family, developed an intervention strategy that involved enlisting three of the bully's peers in "policing" the bully and his actions toward the victim. The intervention peaked when the three "police" observed the bully pushing the victim against a brick wall of the school building, which resulted in some bleeding and scarring of the victim's back. The "police" pinned the bully to the ground, commanding him that his violence and harassment of the victim must stop. Not a single incident of bullying occurred after this intervention. The authors credit the success of this intervention to a display of and experience of justice being done; i.e., the victim saw the bully being dominated and intimidated by stronger boys, followed by a cessation of the bullying; and the bully found out what it was like to be bullied himself, which apparently had a deterrent effect. 45 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Bullying; Crime in schools; Peer influences on behavior; School security; Violence causes
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