Copublished With Corwin Press This practical guide to dealing with bullying in secondary schools examines the nature of the secondary school and the typology of the adolescent.
Chapter 8: The Power of the Bystanders
We argue that in most bullying situations the real power lies with the peer group. Bullying is usually a group activity. Although it sometimes exists one on one, it only really flourishes with an audience. If the peer group rejects bullying, then the wind will be taken out of its sails, and it will be directionless. Once there is no direction—no leader—then there is no bully. The bystanders are therefore the untapped resource that can stop bullying from happening. All they have to do is to move away from the sidelines, become active, and withdraw their apparent support of the bullying. Once they do this, the theater for bullying disappears, the bully ceases to be a ...