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the Bully by the Horns
August 27, 1999 BOOK
Taking the Bully by the Horns
by Kathy Noll is the children's version of Nasty People by
Dr. Jay Carter. This short (53 pages), easy-to-read paperback is
intended to be read by your elementary through middle school students.
Noll describes bullies, their techniques and their victims. Then
she addresses both bullies and victims directly in a comfortable
first person style, describing how to break the cycle of bully and
Consider keeping this book as an available resource
for suggested reading when a situation arises with one of your students.
Read in its entirety, the book gets repetitive. But pointing a student
to one of the five chapters for a quick read, followed by a discussion
with you or a counselor, then more reading, it becomes a workbook
to be used over an extended period of time.
Bullying doesn't develop overnight, and is a problem
which can't be solved with one reading of a self-help book. As we
saw in Columbine High School, intimidation can have disasterous
results, and the response has to begin somewhere. Noll's book can
be a helpful resource when combined with your own plan for dealing
with low self-esteem in your classroom.
Taking the Bully by the Horns, Kathy Noll
with Dr. Jay Carter, Unicorn Press, ISBN 0-937004-11-1, available
through Kathy Noll's website.