Bullying – A lesson for us all?

October 4th, 2012 by Martin Smith Leave a reply »

I saw the photo and story below shared by a friend on Facebook a couple of months ago and thought that it was such a brilliant way of getting the message across about the damage that we can cause our fellow human-beings when we bully someone. It is so simple and effective that I want to share it with you here.



Bullying is such a damaging behaviour to a relationship, whether it is a work one or personal one doesn’t matter. I hope this story helps you understand the damage that it can do to individuals and help you share a way to stop it.



Paula – A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it.

Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry.

Now even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it.

That is what happens when a child bully’s another child or a person bully’s another person, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home.

Stop Bullying



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1 comment

  1. John says:

    Wow! That’s a great way to tell someone what bullying can do to others. I hope they start to teach this in all schools and businesses.

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