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Posted by Robin Abrahams  October 18, 2011 12:54 PM

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I haven't much to say on this hot topic at the moment, but Charles Blow wrote a beautiful editorial about bullying in NYT. I was bullied as a child, and these words ring true to me: 

"I felt free only when I could separate myself from myself -- when I could imagine that I was apart from my life and body. There, in the ephemeral nothingness, in the quiet space of the mind, I found peace. I liked it there. I didn't want to return to the world. Life was too hard and treacherous."

That is an almost frighteningly accurate description. 

Also, Salon is doing a series in which people interview their childhood/high school bullies. And here is a fantastic story about schools using a production of "Twelfth Night" to raise awareness and conversation about bullying:

The idea that 17th-century Shakespeare plays can be relevant to the contemporary bullying problem came from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Associate producing director Timothy Orr and education associate Amanda Giguere had been brainstorming about the fall school tour of "Twelfth Night," a romantic comedy in which a servant named Maria decides to get back at Malvolio, a dour, mean-spirited steward, by forging a love letter from him to his employer, Lady Olivia. 

"The idea hit me that in 'Twelfth Night,' everyone mistreats each other," Orr said. "It's like a practical joke gone too far, and I thought, 'Let's talk about bullying.' " 
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