When you think of a bully, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?  Is it someone on TV?  Someone you saw in a movie?  Someone you see every day?

  •  A bully is usually not a happy person, not someone who smiles or is easy to get along with.
  • A bully usually acts mean and angry much of the time and says things that frighten people, or hurt their feelings, like “Shut up!” or “Do what I say!” or “You’re stupid!”
  • When we run into a bully, we may get scared and freeze, we may want to run away, or fight w/the bully, or cry.

But a bully is someone who has a problem, too.

  • When we run into a bully, we are concerned about ourselves and our safety, and usually don’t stop to think about the bully.  That’s normal.
  • If we stop and think, we realize that a bully is someone w/a problem.  He is not happy, and there’s probably a reason for that.  The bully may have had a bad day, a bad week, a bad year.
  • You know, most bullies become bullies, probably because someone once bullied them.