BOSTON — A viral video is sparking an intense worldwide debate about bullying. On Wednesday, a local expert gave her take on kids getting pushed too far.
The father of the teen who acted out told an Australian newspaper that his son is not violent and had been the target of bullying for years.
It stated with verbal taunts and then a punch in the face. At first the 16-year-old in an Australian school didn’t seem to budge, and then there was another jab from the smaller 12-year-old – then two others – and then a bully smackdown.
The YouTube video that’s gone viral shows the taunter limping away and leaving some online applauding the actions of the victim turned aggressor.
Leslie University professor Nancy Carlsson, who has written about kids and violence, says the video tells a lot more about the school than it does the students.
“It tells you there’s a whole school climate, that’s one of alienation and aloneness and separation,” said Carlsson.
Both boys wound up suspended from school for four days.
The school system was quoted as saying “it does not tolerate any violence, and that the only injury was a grazed knee.”
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