A dictionary definition from more than fifty years ago describes a bully as “harsh” and “cruel”, someone who is “habitually threatening to others”. After half a century the words still ring true.
According to most contemporary definitions, bullying occurs when a person is exposed repeatedly to “negative actions” on the part of one or more other persons.
These “negative actions” refer to one person intentionally inflicting injury or discomfort upon another person, through physical contact, through words, or in other ways.
Its usually one person trying to gain control over another and there is an imbalance in power, real or perceived, that defines the essence of separates bullying.
Bobby Kipper and Bud Ramey have co-authored two books and numerous articles on the crisis in youth violence plaguing our culture, addressing “best practices” for making a difference in the gang crisis and bullying epidemic that is impacting an entire generation. Over 4,400 young people committed suicide last year, largely due to the bullying epidemic. Their books, No BULLIES : Solutions for Saving Our Children from Today’s Bully and No COLORS : 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities, offer advocacy for at-risk youth.
Bobby Kipper, Director and Founder of the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence, is a career law enforcement officer with extensive experience in the area of preventing youth and community violence nationwide. His background includes working on a number of key national initiatives with the White House, Congress, and the Department of Justice.
Bud Ramey is the 2010 Public Affairs Silver Anvil Award winner of the Public Relations Society of America—the highest public affairs recognition in the world. His grassroots public affairs and humanitarian successes and advocacy for at-risk youth stretch across three decades.