Bully and victim: The taunts may cause more damage
than the fist.
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Now research has shown that bullied and taunted children’s brain development is often altered and impaired; in particular, the corpus callosum linking brain hemispheres is narrowed (as also appears in schizophrenia), which has been associated with difficulty in making moral judgments.
This is an issue that will have to be faced with the urgency it demands. As our numbers increase and crowding follows, and with the worldwide economic problems facing all but the very rich, the stresses facing both adults and children escalate in proportion. With such stresses and with the atrophying of civility and respect that increasingly characterize most schools, bullying is becoming more common, brutal and pervasive.
We are in danger of destroying much of our next generation. We cannot continue to neglect this issue, or to utter platitudes about “the law of the jungle.” The potential consequences are unthinkable, not only for our societies, but also for the countless children whose futures are being battered and tormented into a hell of hopeless misery.
caused by bullying.