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[ Ab s t ract f rom B en ef it s and dis ad va nt ag es of Ret r ib ut iv e C or r ect iv es in S el ect A nt i Bu ll y ing P r og ra m s ]

R. Ant on i o Mat t a - Se pt ., 2 0 1 3

A perspective of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and the Zero Tolerance Operandi
Glo b al l y, t he r e a r e num e ro us a nt i - b u ll yi ng p r og ram s b e in g im p le m e nt e d in s ch oo l s ys t em s . B ul ly in g h as b ec om e a s oc i a ll y, m al i gna nt m en ac e a nd en c um b ra nce t o t h e de v el o pm ent of t od a ys y out h. O v er t h e c ou rs e of 20 13, m y p e rs o na l p e rc ept io n, of t h e Un it ed St at es , has b e e n a v ict im of ps y chic al j ab s f r om m as s m edi a, pa rt icu la rl y p r int and aud io- v is u al jo u rn al is m , wh ich p r o vid ed, o n at le as t t wo occ as i ons , h o r rif ic ne ws inf o rm i ng of ad ol es c ent b ul l yi ng t h at r es u lt e d i n d eat h o ne b y h om ic i de and o ne b y s uic id e. Of t h e m a n y a nt i -b ul l yi ng p ro gr am s in ef fe ct t o da y, t he r e ar e t w o pr og r am s of int e res t t hat a re co m m on l y us ed b ut p r oduc in g r es ult s of p ol a r o p p o s it i on. Th e p o pu la r and s e em i ng l y m os t eff ect i v e ap p r oac h t o t h e s oci al de ge n er ac y of b u ll yi ng is t h e O B P P ( Ol w eus Bu ll y in g Pr e v e nt i on P r og ram ). Alt h o u gh t h e t a r get of m uc h ri dicu l e a nd ne gat i v e crit icis m , t h e Z e ro T o le r a nc e ap p r oac h is s t il l wid e l y e x ec ut e d a nd s u p po rt ed fa it hf ul l y o n t he F ed e ral a nd St at e l e ve l. Th is is m os t l ike l y b ec aus e t h e no n ons e ns e a p pr oa ch t o m al e vo l ent b e ar in g is n ot j us t us ed t o com b at b ul l yin g b ut it is a ls o p ut i nt o p r act ic e t o dis t rib ut i v el y r ect i f y ot he r ina p p r op r iat e b eh a vi o r a m o ng s t ud ent s s uch as t h e p os s es s io n of w ea p ons and dr ugs , d rug us a ge and s e xu al l y - re lat ed co nduct , t o n am e a fe w.

Bullying in the Autobiography of Humankind


Bu ll y ing is not a n e w p he nom e no n. It has b e e n a r ou nd f o r c ent u ri es . Co ns i de r a p ers o n, s p ecif ica ll y a p e rs o n wit h g re at a ut h o r it y , vi ol ent l y i m p os i ng h is o r he r do gm at ic b el i efs ont o a n ot h e r pe rs on. T his r ul e r o r p o w e rfu l le ad e r pr os el yt iz e s wit h f o rcib l e agg r es s i on t o wa rds t his p e rs o n d em and ing t ha t t he y de n ou nce t h ei r f ait h an d c on v ert t o his or h e r pe rs on al b e li efs . Alb eit d ev o ut a nd ze al ous ab out his o r h e r i de o lo gy , t h e ru l er ab us es t h e p ow e r b es t ow ed t o t he m b y g en e al og y o r d em oc rac y and c r eat es l a ws t hat a r e im p l em ent ed wit ho ut q ues t io n b y s ub o r din at e civ il s e r va nt s . Th e b ul l yi ng, q ui ckl y, s ur p as s es v e rb a l, w rit t en an d pr o pa ga ndi z ed t hr eat s an d m eas u res w he n t h e enc r oa chi ng m and at es o n s oci et y ar e en fo rc ed b y m i lit i a a n d b l oo ds h ed. A lt h oug h, t h e p r oce ed i ng a n ecd ot e m a y not b e h is t o r ica ll y p ar al l el t o d ocu m e nt ed acco unt s o f a n act ua l c ou rs e of e ve nt s , it s p o s s ib l e t o s ee a s i m i la rit y t o t h e C rus ad es o f

t he M idd le A ges . R ec al lin g t h es e t h r e e vi ol ent ce nt u ri es fr om t h e a ut ob i og ra p hy o f hum a nki nds s oc io cu lt u ra l d e v el o pm e nt , r em i n ds us of jus t ho w lo ng t he dis g ra ce o f b ul l yin g h as b ee n i n e xi s t enc e c alc if yi ng t he c ol le ct i v e ev o lut i o n o f c i vi li zat io n. Bu ll y in g p re dat es Ch ris t an d is on l y g et t i ng wo rs e. It s e em s t h e ar r iv al o f t h e 20 t h c e nt u r y a nd t he p op ul at i ng of t he p la n e t wit h G en e rat io n Z, h a s m ad e b ul ly in g b eha v i o r b eco m e m o r e ad van ce d. It s es cal at ed t o a di ff e re nt pl an e of e xis t enc e an d has b ec om e vi rt u al as i n t he c as e o f c yb e r-b u ll y i ng.