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Battling bulliesDeveloping empathy through booksTeri S. LesesneSam Houston State UniversityProfessorNana@yahoo.com
Some facts to consider90% of middle school kids (grades 4-8) say bullying is worse than in other grades
56% of K-12 students report witnessing bullying incidents
15% of absences may be due to bullying
10% of drop outs and school changes are attributable to bullying
More than 250,00 kids will be attacked each month at school
Types of bullyingPhysical
HOW to combat bullies and bullying?Help kids develop empathy through books
AS NAOMI SHIHAB NYE NOTESTo me the world of poetry is a house with thousands of glittering windows. Our words and images, land to land, era to era, shed light on one another. Our words dissolve the shadows we imagine fall between. "One night I dreamt of spring," writes Syrian poet Muhammad al-Maghut, "and when I awoke/flowers covered my pillow." Isn't this where empathy begins? Other countries stop seeming quite so "foreign," or inanimate, or strange, when we listen to the intimate voices of their citizens. THE ALAN REVIEW, 1995How would you feel?If you saw someone being picked on because of his or her religion or ethnicity?
How would you feel?If someone attacked you because you were different?
How would you feel?If others judged you for something over which you had no control?
How would you feel?If someone called you names or made fun of you? What would you do?
what can one person do?
How would you feel if someone
And finallyhow can you survive if you are being bullied?Know that others, too, have made it through