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On Being Bullied
Published on September 11, 2011 by Sara Foss

After learning of the 2010 suicide of Phoebe Prince, a bullying victim in Massachusetts, young adult fiction writer Carrie Jones began reaching out to other writers to share their own bullying stories. The result is a new anthology, titled "Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories."

Bullying is an interesting subject, and one close to my heart. Some time back, I decided to mention the fact that I had been bullied in school in one of my columns, and I feel like the world would be a better place if more adults spoke honestly about what it was like to be bullied as children. There's no shame in being bullied, but bullying victims often do feel shamed, and if more people "came out" as bullying victims, it might go a long way toward destigmitazing the issue. Because what you usually get is a bunch of adults blathering away about creating an anti-bullying culture, which is a great idea, but seldom discussed in a way that acknowledges actual experience.

Anyway, here's a link to an NPR interview with Jones and anthology contributors Eric Luper and Carolyn Mackler.

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