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Who Is the Typical Bully?

According to the May 31, 1999 edition of TIME MAGAZINE Of nine middle and high school students that have shot people at school in recent years, the possible motives for the shooting for seven of them was teasing and bullying. These statistics include both of the students involved in the Columbine massacre.

In June, 1998, President bill Clinton ordered the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice to create a safe-school policy as a result of increasing school violence. The result of that order is the publication "Early Warning, Timely response-a guide to safe students include "Excessive feelings of rejection", "Being a Victim of Violence", "Uncontrolled Anger"," Patterns of impulsive and chronic hitting, intimidating, and bullying behaviors", "Past history of violent and aggressive behavior", "Intolerance for differences and prejudicial attitudes". Therefore, the occurrence of violent episodes for both bullies and their victims increases when bullying is tolerated.

An article published in the NATIONAL P.T.A.’s March/April, 1997 magazine "Our Child" states "We’ve been telling kids to ignore or stand up to bullies, but we now know that’s not enough. Adults need to intervene, because when they do, everyone benefits. The children who have been hit, humiliated, and harassed will be the most obvious benefactors. Bullies benefit when they are controlled, too, because it’s been shown that bullies’ unchecked aggression often leads to academic and social failure".