November 26, 2009

Bullying is not a part of growing up

Being teased, pushed around, embarrassed and humiliated is all part of growing up, we’re told. It isn’t so, said Rick Heidt, a former Bismarck school superintendent that spoke to Beulah and Hazen students last Thursday.

Heidt told the students gathered in the Beulah Middle School Auditorium that when he was in school, bullying was taken for granted and was even thought to "toughen" kids up. He said thinking like that was just an excuse to allow bullying to continue and not a reason. We know today that there aren’t positive outcomes from allowing bullying to continue and often there are horrific consequences.

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