Monday, October 21, 2013

Let's Stop Bullying -- Now

I've been asked by a few people why I chose the subject of bullying for my latest novel, "The Bully List."

There are a number of reasons. While I was working on master's degree in special education a few years ago, I took several general education classes that discussed bullying in schools. I found it very interesting and enlightening.

I believe most, if not all of us, have experienced or witnessed bullying while we were in school. Maybe both. Even those who didn't get involved -- remained silent and didn't intervene -- would agree that bullying wasn't right. 

Even as I've moved on into adulthood -- the twilight years -- I recall bullying in different workplaces. I think that's another reason why bullying needs to be stopped in schools. 

We all know it's a serious problem. Just read in the headlines and you'll see where some children -- as young as 12 -- have been driven to commit suicide. That's heartbreaking. 

I hope that my novel will contribute to the dialogue about bullying. I'm happy to see it addressed more vigorously than in the past. It's not harmless teasing; it's mean-spirited behavior. 

And it needs to stop. 

Here are a few websites that I recommend about bullying:

Bullying Statistics

Kentucky Center for School Safety

No Bully

Pacer Center's Teens Against Bullying


Stop Bullying Now

The Bullying Project

Family First Aid

I'll discuss the literary aspects in a future post.

Until the next time...


  1. Great advice. Anyone at any age can be bullied. Children learn by the examples they see in others. We all need to do our part. Great job spending your time and talent writing a novel that'll make a difference.

    1. Thanks, Laura. My novel will be only a small voice but I hope a few folks will listen.

  2. Great article! I noticed you have numerous articles that would be of interest to teens and families. We have a website,, which I believe would be a great resource for your website visitors. Please check it out and consider adding us as resource to your blog list.
    Brenda W.

  3. Thank you for your comment, Brenda. I'll certainly add your website to the list and use it in the future as well.