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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 --
Andrea

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    Apr 12 2012: What a great topic!
    I'm from Argentina and I teach at a primary and secondary school. Bullying is an issue!
    I totally agree with the fact that media influences society and movies like the ones you mention plus video games in which the more you bully the faster you win the game are damaging kids'minds!!
    As adults, we should help both the bully and the bullied, since they both have problem which are being shown in different ways.
    Let's be on the alert to be able to help.
    Patricia

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