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Implement the “Power of Two” One study reveals that when bystanders use assertive but nonviolent words such as “Stop” or “That’s wrong,” bul-lying can end more than 50 percent of the time and in less than 10 seconds (Hawkins, Pepler, and Craig 2001). Take this amazing dynamic even further by implementing a profound Greek proverb: “Only the gods are courageous in isolation.” Jesus showed this kind of muscular courage in Gethsemane, but He was divine. We mortals need oth-ers to bolster our courage, which may be one reason why Jesus sent His disciples in tandem. Challenge your students to make an agreement with another student in which they defend each other. Now the school-changing part: When both students witness bullying of another, they will intervene with assertive but nonviolent behavior. Craig, Wendy M., and Debra J. Pepler. 1997. Observations of bullying and victimization in the school yard. Canadian Journal of School Psychology 13, no. 2: 41–60. Referenced in Storey et al. 2008, 24. Dye, Lee. 2012. Bullying changes genes in children’s DNA, scientists say. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/bully-ing-change-victims-dna-crippling-gene-regulates-mood/ story?id=18027365. Harris Interactive. 2011. Bullying study. http://www.peace-builders.com/harrispoll2011/. Hawkins, D. Lynn, Debra J. Pepler, and Wendy M. Craig. 2001. Naturalistic observations of peer interventions in bullying. Social Development 10, no. 4: 512–527. Referenced in Storey et al. 2008, 24. Health Resources and Services Administration. 2006. Take a stand. Lend a hand. Stop bullying now: Best practices in bullying prevention and intervention. http://www.cde.state. co.us/sites/default/files/documents/pbis/bullying/down-loads/pdf/bestpractices_bullypreventionintervention.pdf. Kowalski, Robin M., Susan P. Limber, and Patricia W. Agatston. 2008. Cyber bullying: Bullying in the digital age . Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. O’Connell, Paul, Debra Pepler, and Wendy Craig. 1999. Peer involvement in bullying: Insights and challenges for inter-vention. Journal of Adolescence 22:437–452. Referenced in Storey et al. 2008, 24. Olweus, Dan. 1993. Bullying at school: What we know and what we can do . Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. Pepler, Debra J., and Wendy Craig. 2000. Making a differ-ence in bullying (Report No. 60). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: York University, LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution. http://psycserver.psyc.queensu. ca/craigw/craig_pepler_2000_report_making_a_differ-ence_in_bullying.pdf. Referenced in Storey et al. 2008, 24. Pepler, Debra J., Wendy Craig, Paul O’Connell, Jennifer Connolly, Rona Atlas, Farrokh Sedigdeilami, Carla Smith, and Alice Charach. 1997. Prevalence of bullying and vic-timization among Canadian elementary and middle school children. Manuscript. Referenced in Storey et al. 2008, 24. Storey, Kim, Ron Slaby, Melanie Adler, Jennifer Minotti, and Rachel Katz. 2008. Eyes on bullying: What can you do? Newton, MA: Education Development Center. http://hhd. org/sites/hhd.org/files/Eyes%20on%20bullying.pdf. This “power of two” is being implemented across the country. This “power of two” is being implemented across the country. The 700 Club interviewed 12 graduates of an antibullying program at a Christian school in Tennessee. Two boys explained how they used the power of two to protect a fellow student who has Asperger’s. He consid-ered leaving and his grades dipped, but that was before the righteous and courageous behavior of those two boys. Now he’s staying put, and his grades have improved. “I’ve been in Christian education for more than 20 years,” a Christian school teacher turned counselor said recently. “We’re seeing problems we didn’t see before, including bullying.” Instead of denying this reality, she said that Christian schools should meet this challenge by bring-ing a greater portion of God’s compassion and justice to it. Put a special emphasis on moral courage, and you’ll not only diminish bullying, but you’ll bolster profound character growth and spiritual formation as well. “Do not lose your courage,” the Bible tells us, “because it brings with it a great reward” (Hebrews 10:35, GNT). References Atlas, R. S., and Debra J. Pepler. 1998. Observations of bully-ing in the classroom. Journal of Educational Research 92, no. 2: 86–99. Referenced in Storey et al. 2008, 24. 12 2013/2014 Paul Coughlin is an expert witness regarding bullying and the law and a Fox News contributor and analyst. He is a former newspaper editor and is the author of numerous books, including Raising Bully-Proof Kids and No More Christian Nice Guy . His worldwide organization, The Protectors: Freedom From Bullying—Courage, Character & Leadership for Life (www. theprotectors.org), provides both a faith-based and values-based solution to adolescent bullying in public and private schools, summer camps, Sunday schools, and other places where bullying can be prevalent. He is also a school board member of a private school and is a boys varsity soccer coach. . cse Volume 17 Number 3 . Combatting the Great Taboo: Bullying

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