I had the true pleasure of meeting and hearing author John Elder Robison speak last night. He is an adult with Aspergers who was bullied often as a child. Someone asked how he dealt with the bullying. He said that he "learned to make himself not taste good to the bullies. " I found that brilliant! What does that mean to you??? After he was able to do that,he was not bullied any more. Children with Aspergers are very much at risk for bullying, because they have unique and NTypical behaviors. What can we do to help them?
Author Shanna Groves has a StopHearingLossBullying campaign going on right now. Her mission is to have people see how the littlest things you say or do to a child (or adult) with hearing loss can be bullying.People with hearing loss are also a target for bullying. They can't hear well,can't understand well, might not be able to speak well,might use ASL, have funny things on their ears and head,etc etc. What can we do to educate the community at large how to NOT bully them? What can we do to teach the people with hearing loss how NOT to become or remain victims?
I don't think a Zero Tolerance policy is the answer. It is not working-they stress how bullies are,what the kids feel like,etc. We all know there are emotional/physical and social kinds of bullying. We all know it makes people sad and hurt. I want to have us all learn how to STOP it! Please check out John Robison and Shanna Groves for some suggestions and ways you can help. What do YOU think is the best path to deal with bullying?