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Andrea Morisette Grazzini

CEO, WetheP, Inc.


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Are grownup bullies teaching kids how to bully?

Media personalities like Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olberman make a living by catalyzing the ire of their audiences through their incendiary tactics.

Leaders themselves, from pastors to politicians to parents to Tea Partiers and Black Panthers square off against different others.

Sparks are a flying, to say least.

And new movies like "The Hunger Games" and "Bully" provide brutal images that imply youth brutality can be catalyzed by adult cultures where competitive vitriol prevails.

Meanwhile, in the real world, communities and schools struggle to manage the bully-culture that has lead to increasingly more mental health concerns, if not more suicides by ostracized kids.

So, folks.

Who's to blame for bullying: kids, adults, both?
Who should lead the demise of cross-country bullying?
And the $10K Q: How?

Bullying, it seems knows no bounds. Thus, I hope this conversation doesn't get too bogged down on specific groups who suffer from bullying, but more on the larger contagions that seem to infecting many different segments of society.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts --


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  • Apr 1 2012: I believe that a bully is also the bullied, it is a learned behaviour. So if you want to blame anyone it could be the parents? But then it becomes a cycle because the parents were probably bullied and so on. It's a catch 22.

    Every situation is different and I think that pointing the blame at someone is not going to help to solve the problem.

    I think everyone has to be more aware and come together as a society, that is the only way there will be a change. There will always be bullies but if we look at the bigger picture we will see that the bully is also the victim and so on.

    I don't have the answers but I know that it will take a fundamental shift in the current state of the world for there to be less aggrevation and more untiy, less hate and more appreciation of life.

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