You may have seen this video earlier this week – your students probably have. It contains a couple of quite violent acts committed by two kids at an Australian high school. Essentially a young bully is violently stopped by the boy he is tormenting. Obviously I don’t condone violence as an answer and I make sure to squash that idea any time it’s brought up in a classroom. However, I thought there were a few points worth noting.
- The big kid doesn’t immediately retaliate to a punch in the face and refuses to attack while the bully is on the ground – he just walks away.
- The bystanders don’t seem to know what to do initially.
- The girl who steps in to de-escalate at the end perhaps stopped a lot more violence.
- A video camera could be a powerful tool against bullying as well as encouraging it.
What do you think?