Bullying and the Brain: Using Cognitive and Emotional Intelligence to Help Kids Cope


reviewed by Ronald B. Jacobson - September 25, 2006

coverTitle: Bullying and the Brain: Using Cognitive and Emotional Intelligence to Help Kids Cope
Author(s): Gary R. Plaford
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578863961, Pages: 165, Year: 2006
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Like most students, I lived in fear of the small slights and public humiliation used to enforce the rigid high school caste system.  There was a boy named Marty at my school...who was beaten up daily for years.  Jocks would rip his clothes, knowing that his parents could not afford to buy him a new uniform...He couldn’t walk the halls without being called a fag, and a freshman would beat him up to impress older kids...Another kid I know was thrown through a plate-glass window by a jock when he was a sophomore.  When his mother complained to the principal, she was told that if her son insisted on dressing the way he did...he’d have to get used to being thrown through plate-glass windows...While I didn’t suffer the extreme abuse some of my friends did, I was [messed] with enough to spend four years fantasizing about blowing up my high... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 25, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12732, Date Accessed: 11/17/2019 11:13:58 PM

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