Teen author targets bystanders in anti-bullying book

By Bella English
The Boston Globe
The anti-bullying forces tried to work with the bullies and the victims. Now they’re targeting the bystanders.

Brigitte Berman is 15 years old, nearly 5-feet-11, and a self-described science geek. “I’m in a robotics club, and I really like science, and I’m kind of tall,’’ she says. Because of all of that, she has occasionally been the victim of bullying. So she recently self-published a novel, “Dorie Witt’s Guide to Surviving Bullies.’’ Told in journal form, each chapter contains tips for victims.

But Brigitte — like every other kid — more often has been a witness to bullying than a victim. And she believes there’s no such thing as an innocent bystander: If you’re a spectator, you’re a participant. Still, she knows that helping out is easier said than done.

“I think it’s very hard to be a bystander, because when you’re watching a bully, you’re not sure how or when to intervene. I think people are scared to intervene,’’ says Brigitte, who lives in Dover. “All it takes is one voice and maybe someone else will join in to stop it. I think there’s power in numbers. Bullies don’t like to be put on the spot.’’ Full story.


One Response

  1. Kudos to you. It’s moving to see your personal effort to stop bullying. School bullying is a huge problem- my daughter went through some hellacious times. I wasn’t sure where to turn…. and a friend suggested a program called the total bully solution. Sensei Adam Blum explained everything and provided step by step instruction that enabled me to teach my daughter how to handle her own problems. It worked like a charm. Please…. if you are a parent and your kid is being picked on, get the totalbullysolution. It really does work!!!

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