Bully and Victim
The Oct 1, 2010 PBS NewsHour includes a segment on ‘bullying’ by and against young adults via the Internet.
In this PBS segment the victim of the harassment, also a young adult, escaped
the horror by taking his own life. The aggressor enters a new and permanent
stage in life dealing with, likely, 1. The Law, 2. Guilt, 3. Stigma.
Back during the late 1920s I was a victim of frequent bullying by a bigger kid on my way to school. He said
I owed him 2 cents. I didn’t have 2 cents. He pushed me around; one of his
blows knocked my new eyeglasses off. I couldn’t see where they were. I
panicked. I distinctly remember the flurry of my fists that warded off the
bully. Finding my eyeglasses was critical. Another kid soon found them and
handed them to me. The lenses were unbroken. I have no recollection of the
bully, the incident and its effects remain vivid.
Cruelty by children against other children is a family problem and an issue that calls for the attention of
educators and the community. yes””> See: Bullying: Facts for Schools and Parents at: