Break the Cycle
How can students cultivate compassion for both targets of bullying and those who bully?
level: Middle School
Gavin de Becker | Roles
discussion questions
  • How would you describe the “cycle of bullying”?
  • Gavin de Becker says everyone has been a bully and a victim and that these roles are temporary. What does he mean?
  • How did you feel watching the video about people who used to bully others?
  • Do you agree with the idea that “hurt people hurt people”? Why or why not?
  • Do you think talking to the person who’s bullying is a good strategy? Why or why not?
  • What does Neil Gaiman mean when he says “don’t become them”?
  • Colin McCann says that if you can understand “why your bullier is being a bully...maybe you can crack open the light." What do you think he means by that?
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has a quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” How can that quote apply to putting an end to bullying?