I just watched an interview with Australian student, Casey Heynes. I have three children, two of them are in elementary school, and I am obviously very worried about the threat of bullying -- especially to the extent described in that interview.
My personal experience in school, and this was so long ago this may have no relevance now, was about as benign as anything. I never saw bullying, never saw any fights of any significance... about as antiseptic of an environment as I could have hoped for.
I was more worried about the outpouring of support for Casey than the actual act itself. Apparently, chronic bullying is a real problem and it has touched a nerve in a large number of people. While my main focus has been to keep my children focused on their studies, I'm frankly terrified by the effect of social ostracizing and bullying on their impressionable minds.
At any rate, as I know the main demographic of BYOND is relatively young, I wanted to get input on what you either experienced or observed in terms of bullying in your schools and what perhaps you see as solutions or coping mechanisms for it.
Here's the interview -- well worth the 12 minute investment: