Be a Hero - Bullying Series, post #10

(This blog post is the final part of a special series addressing the topic of bullying)

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

It’s that part in the movie when the hero finds a ticking bomb in the subway tunnel. The digital clock informs the audience that he only has minutes to figure out how to defuse the bomb before it explodes. Somehow – some way – the hero manages to reach into his bag, pull out exactly the right tool, and clip the correct wires just before the clock ticks zero. The city and all its inhabitants have been saved!

If only real life worked that way. If only it was that easy to see a situation and know exactly what to do to intervene safely.

Let’s talk about how to handle a situation where you might see a bullying incident about to occur or when someone might need help. In these instances you need to make good choices and use tools available to you, like your words and your brain, so that you can stop a situation, or at least slow things down long enough for others to think.

Stepping in to try to prevent bullying or an incident of aggression can be tricky. It is important to make sure it is safe to do so. It is important to choose your words carefully in order to avoid escalating the problem. If you approach the situation with humility, people are more likely to pay attention to you. And, if at any time, you feel the situation is getting out of hand, leave and go to a safe place and get help.

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