If there's anything causing greater uproar in the school community, its the ever growing empire of bullies. Gone are the days where playful banter, like the occasional wedgie, were the worst the victims had to suffer. Now the attacked face even death- either at the hands of their proprietors or authors of their own demise.
Now it's wonderful that there are resources to battle these bullies, and communities are on the watch to target and attack the worst of them. But.. the sad reality is bullies DON'T go away. In school they are torture, in adult life they shape shift and morph into Bosses with authority complex, sullen co-workers, and pushy neighbors. Unfortunately, for those of us that the law doesn't protect anymore, we have to deal with them the old fashioned way. Outsmarting them.
And luckily, the usual bully is not your average Einstein. The best thing to do is prepare yourself to deal with them from the crib, and when you can no longer rely on the principal to solve your problems, you won't be scared out of your wit.