Many of my grade school classmates were also my high school classmates, so when I went to my high school reunion, I saw some of them. We all got to talking and I was surprised to find that I was not the only one who had been bullied in school. I guess I never noticed because I was too busy trying to fend off my bully to see anyone else being bullied, too.
My bully was there at the reunion, too. We talked. It was a very interesting conversation and very liberating for me.
If you ran into the person who bullied you, what would you do? Are you inclined to be forgiving? Do you want to know why he or she picked on you? Are you more inclined to get revenge?
If that person was forced to sit and listen to you, what would you tell them about your experiences being bullied? What do you need them to hear for you to be free?
If you were the bully, what would you say to your victim? Would you ask forgiveness?
When boys are bullied, what effects does it have on the men they become? Can you find some value in your experience? Has it made you bitter? Shy? Kind?
What would your adult-self say to yourself as a child about bullying?
As adults, what can we do to combat the problem of childhood bullying? Is it actually a problem or have we as a society gotten too “soft?”
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